Pink Floyd release their first new music since 1994 in support of the people of Ukraine with a track called Hey Hey Rise Up.
The song is the first original music recorded together as a collective since 1994’s The Division Bell and features vocals by Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of rock and pop band Boombox.
Proceeds from the song, which will be released on April 8, will go to Ukrainian humanitarian aid.
The track features David Gilmour and Nick Mason, as well as longtime collaborator and bassist Guy Pratt, with musician Nitin Sawhney on keyboards.
The song was recorded last week and features Khlyvnyuk singing from a clip he posted on Instagram of him singing on Sofiyskaya Square in Kyiv.
He sings a patriotic Ukrainian protest song, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow, and the Pink Floyd track’s title comes from the last line of the song.
Guitarist and vocalist Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren, said: “We, like so many, have felt the anger and frustration at this heinous act of attacking an independent, peaceful, democratic country and its people, murdered by one of the greatest powers in the world.”
The 76-year-old musician said he first came across Boombox a few years ago.
He explained: “In 2015 I did a show at the Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theater whose members are in prison. Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian band Boombox were also on the program.
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“They were supposed to do their own set but their singer Andriy had visa issues so the rest of the band supported me for my set – we played Wish You Were Here for Andriy that night.
“Recently I read that Andriy had left his America tour with Boombox, returned to Ukraine and joined the Territorial Defense.
“Then I saw this incredible video on Instagram where he’s standing in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful golden-domed church and singing in the quiet of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war.
“It was a powerful moment that made me want to set it to music.”
Gilmour spoke to Khlyvnyuk, who he said was recovering from a shrapnel injury in hospital while writing the song.
He said: “I played him a bit of the song over the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together personally in the future.”
On March 11, Gilmour’s official website said: “To stand with the world and strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Pink Floyd’s works from 1987 onwards and all David Gilmour solo recordings will be removed from all digital music providers in Russia and.” Belarus starting today”.
He said of the new song: “I hope it gets widespread support and publicity.
“We want to raise funds for humanitarian charities and raise morale.
“We want to express our support for Ukraine and in this way show that most of the world thinks that it is completely wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become.”
The video for the new song was directed by director and screenwriter Mat Whitecross.
The single’s cover artwork features a painting of a sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine, by Cuban artist Yosan Leon.
The flower is said to be a reference to the woman who confronted Russian soldiers and told them to take seeds from her and carry them in their pockets so sunflowers would grow when they died.
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