Pink Floyd is gearing up to release its first new music in 28 years, with a track supporting the people of Ukraine.
The song is called Hey Hey Rise Up and will be released on April 8 with proceeds going to Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid.
It will be the first original music recorded together as a group since The Division Bell in 1994.
Celebrations! Pink Floyd are preparing to release their first new music in 28 years, with a track supporting the people of Ukraine (LR David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright pictured in 2005)
David Gilmour, 76, and Nick Mason, 78, were joined by longtime Pink Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, 60, and Nitin Sawhney, 57, on keyboards during a secret recording session last Wednesday.
The track also features vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk, of rock and pop band Boombox, taken from a clip he posted on Instagram that shows him singing in kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square.
He sang a Ukrainian patriotic protest song, Oh, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow, written during World War I.
The title of the Pink Floyd track is taken from the last line of the song, which translates to: “Hey, hey, get up and rejoice.”
Good Cause: The song is called Hey Hey Rise Up and will be released on April 8. Proceeds will go to Ukrainian humanitarian aid.
Gilmour, who has a daughter-in-law and grandchildren from Ukraine, said: “Like so many others, we have felt the fury and frustration of this despicable act by an independent and peaceful democratic country being invaded and whose people was assassinated by one of the major world powers.
He explained how he met Boombox many years ago, saying, “In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London to support the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members were imprisoned.” Pussy Riot and Ukrainian group Boombox were also on the bill.
“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 quit his US tour with Boombox, returned to Ukraine and joined Territorial Defense.
Together again: This is the first original music recorded together as a group since The Division Bell in 1994 and also features vocals by Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk (group pictured in 2005)
“Then I saw this amazing video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful golden-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war.”
“It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”
Gilmour spoke to Khlyvnyuk, who he said was recovering in hospital from a mortar shrapnel wound, while he was writing the song.
He said, “I played him some of the song over the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future.
Cheering Up: Speaking about the song, Gilmour added, “Hopefully it gets a lot of support and publicity. We want to raise money for humanitarian charities and boost morale’
Speaking about the song, he added, “I hope it gets wide support and wide publicity.” We want to raise funds for humanitarian charities and boost morale.
“We want to express our support for Ukraine, and thus show that most of the world thinks it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade TSWT democratic country that Ukraine has become.”
On March 11, a message on Gilmour’s official website stated that “to stand with the world in strongly condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the works of Pink Floyd, from 1987 onwards, and all solo recordings by David Gilmour are removed from all digital music providers”. in Russia and Belarus from today”.
The music video for the track was filmed by acclaimed director Mat Whitecross and shot the same day as the track was recorded, with Andriy singing onscreen as the band performed.
Gilmour explained, “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all of our Von Trapped Family live streams during lockdown. It’s in the same room that we did the “Barn Jams” with Rick Wright in 2007.
‘Janina Pedan [Gilmour’s daughter-in-law] did the set in one day and we had Andriy singing on screen while we played, so the four of us had a vocalist, but not one that was physically present with us.
The piece’s artwork features a painting of a sunflower – Ukraine’s national flower – by Cuban artist Yosan Leon.
This is in reference to the woman who confronted Russian soldiers telling them to take sunflower seeds from her to carry in their pockets so that when they died the sunflowers would grow.
Personal link: Gilmour (pictured) has a Ukrainian stepdaughter and grandchildren