Pink Floyd releases first new music in decades in support of Ukraine

Pink Floyd will release their first new music in 28 years tomorrow (April 8th) in support of the relief effort in Ukraine.

The new track, titled Hey, Hey, Rise Up, features a sample by Andriy Khlyvnyuk, vocalist of Ukrainian band Boombox, and is the band’s first original music to be released since their 1994 album The Division Bell. All proceeds from the song will go to the Humanitarian Aid of Ukraine.

A press release reveals that Pink Floyd – consisting of David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Guy Pratt (bass) and Nitin Sawhney (keyboards) for the song – “Hey, Hey, Rise Up” on the 30 video directed by Mat Whitecross was also recorded turned.

In a statement about the new song, Gilmour said: “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 singer, who has a Ukrainian family, added: “We, like so many, have felt the anger and frustration at this heinous act of an independent, peaceful, democratic country being invaded by one of the world’s majors and murdering its people became powers.”

Regarding the creation of the track, Gilmour added: “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during lockdown. It’s the same room where we did the “Barn Jams” with Rick Wright in 2007. Janina Pedan did the set in one day and we had Andriy sing on screen while we played, so the four of us had a singer, although not someone physically present with us.”

Gilmour also spoke about how he played with Khlyvnyuk’s band at a benefit concert for the Belarus Free Theater in 2015, and how the singer was in the middle of a US tour with Boombox this February when he returned home to be on the front lines against it to fight the Russians.

During “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!”, Khlyvnyuk sings the patriotic Ukrainian song “The Red Viburnum” on Sofiyskaya Square in the capital Kyiv, which was captured in a viral Instagram video recently sent to Gilmour.

“He’s standing in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful gold-domed church and he’s singing in the quiet of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war,” Gilmour said. “It was a powerful moment that made me want to set it to music.”

“I thought, ‘This is pretty magical and maybe I can do something with this,'” Gilmour said the guard of the footage in a new interview about the comeback. “I have a big platform for that [Pink Floyd] have been working on it for years. It is really difficult and frustrating to see this extraordinarily insane, unjust attack by a great power on an independent, peaceful, democratic nation. The frustration of seeing that and thinking, “What the hell can I do?” is kind of unbearable.”

Gilmour then managed to speak from his hospital bed following war injuries. “I played him a bit of the song over the phone line and he gave me his blessing,” he said. “We both hope to do something together personally in the future.”

Last month, Pink Floyd and David Gilmour have removed their music from streaming services in Russia and Belarus to show their support for Ukraine.

Pink Floyd wrote on Twitter: “To stand with the world in strongly condemning 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 Belarus today.”

Gilmour added: “Russian soldiers, stop killing your brothers. There will be no winners in this war. My daughter-in-law is Ukrainian and my granddaughters want to visit and get to know her beautiful country. Stop it before it’s all destroyed.”

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