In a sudden rejoining of forces, Pink Floyd have released a new single (for the first time since 2014) entitled, “Hey Hey Rise Up” as a publicity and fundraising effort to assist those affected by recent Russian attacks on Ukraine. They are joined on the record by Andriy Khlyvnyuk, vocalist for the Ukrainian band, BoomBox.
“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,” Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour released a statement.
When discussing how this project came to be, Gilmour mentioned, “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.”
Gilmour has a daughter-in-law and grandchildren who are Ukrainian, and has been actively supporting Ukrainian efforts during this humanitarian crisis.
As for the song itself, it brings a classic Pink Floyd feel, with a slow, rolling pace, chilling vocals, and dark sound, all accompanied by a Gilmour-brand bend-filled, wet, wailing guitar track.
The song can be found on all streaming services, find them all here.