Pink Floyd have released the new song “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” The song features Andriy Khlyvnyuk (of Ukrainian band Boombox). Specifically, the new track has Khlyvnyuk’s vocals from an Instagram post that found him singing the patriotic Ukranian song “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow” in Kyiv’s Sophia Square earlier this year. Find the song, an English translation of the lyrics, and the single artwork for “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” below.
Pink Floyd recorded “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” on Wednesday, March 30, according to a press release. The music video, directed by Mat Whitecross, was also made that day. The lineup on the track includes David Gilmour and Nick Mason with bassist Guy Pratt and keyboardist Nitin Sawhney.
“Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” is billed as the first original music from the band since 1994’s The Division Bell. (The band released The Endless River in 2014 but the album was based mostly on material from the Division Bell sessions.) Proceeds from the single will go to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.
Last month, Pink Floyd pulled some of their music from Russian and Belarusian digital music platforms to stand in solidarity with Ukraine. In a statement about the new song, Gilmour said, “I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want to raise funds for humanitarian charities, and raise morale. We want 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.”
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