Pink Floyd has released a new single for the first time in almost three decades, to raise money for the people of Ukraine.
It’s called Hey Hey Rise Up and reunites rock legends David Gilmour and Nick Mason along with longtime collaborators Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney. (Roger Waters who left the band in the 80s isn’t involved.)
In a statement shared on the band’s website, Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren says: “We, like so many, have been feeling the fury and the frustration of this vile act of an independent, peaceful democratic country being invaded and having its people murdered by one of the world’s major powers.”
The song also features vocals from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk from the band BoomBox, taken from an Insta video of him recently singing a patriotic song in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square.
“Recently I read that Andriy had left his American tour with BoomBox, had gone back to Ukraine and joined up with the Territorial Defense,” Gilmour says.
“Then I saw this incredible video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful gold-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.”
Andriy ended up in hospital from a mortar shrapnel injury but is recovering and gave the band his blessing to sample his music.
All proceeds from the single will go towards Ukrainian humanitarian relief – no specific organisations have been named at this stage. Check it out below:
(Feature Image Credit: @pinkfloyd/Instagram)