Pink Floyd just shared a new song titled ‘Hey Hey Rise Up‘, the first new song by the band since 2014’s ‘The Endless River‘ album. And the first video clip since 1994’s ‘The Division Bell‘ song. For this song and video, clip revenue donates to the Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.
The new song also features David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long-time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards. It also has vocals from Andriy Khlyvnyuk, a member of the Ukrainian group Boombox. The song, recorded last week at David Gilmour’s home, incorporates Khlyvnyuk’s voice from an Instagram photo of the singer singing the Ukrainian WWI protest song The Red Viburnum In The Meadow in an empty Sofiyskaya Square in Kyiv.
David Gilmour talked about Pink Floyd’s new music video ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’:
“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.”
“In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members have been imprisoned. Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian band, Boombox, were also on the bill. They were supposed to do their own set, but their singer Andriy had visa problems, so the rest of the band backed me for my set – we played Wish You Were Here for Andriy that night. Recently I read that Andriy had left his American tour with Boombox, had gone back to Ukraine, and joined up with the Territorial Defense. 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.”
And David Gilmour also added:
“I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future. I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want to raise funds for humanitarian charities and raise morale. We want to express our support for Ukraine and in that way, show that most of the world thinks that it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become. “ü
The music video was directed by Mat Whitecross and shot on the same day that the track was recorded at David Gilmour‘s farm. And said this: “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during the lockdown. It’s the same room that we did the ‘Barn Jams’ with Rick Wright. Janina Pedan made the set in a day and we had Andriy singing on the screen while we played, so the four of us had a vocalist, albeit not one who was physically present with us.”
Lyrics of ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’:
Oyu luzi chervona kalyna pokhylylasya,
Chohos’ nasha slavna Ukrayina zazhurylasya.
A my tuyu chervonu kalynu pidiymemo,
A my nashu slavnu Ukrayinu, hey-hey, rozveselymo!
You can watch the Pink Floyd‘s ‘Hey Hey Rise Up‘ music video below!