Pink Floyd is reforming to release a new song for Ukraine | Ents & Arts News

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British rock band Pink Floyd will release their first song since the 1990s in support of the Ukrainian people.

The track, titled Hey Hey Rise Up, marks the first original music the band has recorded together as a collective since The Division Bell in 1994.

It features the vocals of Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnuk, of the rock and pop group Boombox, who left his US tour in February to return home and fight in Ukraine.

The song, which was recorded last week, will be released on Friday with all proceeds going to Ukrainian humanitarian aid.

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The leader of the popular Ukrainian rock band Boombox, Andriy Khlyvnyuk

Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Nick Mason appear on the track, as does bassist and longtime band collaborator Guy Pratt, while musician Nitin Sawhney is on keyboards.

Khlyvnyuk’s vocals for the track were taken from a clip the 42-year-old posted on Instagram of him singing in kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square.

He can be heard singing a Ukrainian patriotic protest song, The Red Viburnum In The Meadow, and the title of the Pink Floyd track is taken from the last line of the song.

Gilmour, the band’s guitarist and vocalist, who has a daughter-in-law and grandchildren from Ukraine, said: “We, like so many others, have felt the fury and frustration of this despicable act of a democratic country. independently and peacefully invaded and murdered by one of the greatest powers in the world.”

The 76-year-old musician said he first met Khlyvnuk’s band a few years ago.

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He said: “In 2015 I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members have been jailed. Pussy Riot and Ukrainian band Boombox were also on.

“They were supposed to do their own set, but their singer Andriy had visa issues, so the rest of the band supported me for my set – we played Wish You Were Here for Andriy that night.

“Recently I read that Andriy quit his US tour with Boombox, returned to Ukraine and joined Territorial Defense.

“Then I saw this amazing video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful golden-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war.

“It was a strong moment that made me want to put it to music.”

Gilmour explained that he later spoke to Khlyvnyuk, who was recovering in hospital from a mortar splinter wound when he wrote the song.

“I passed him some of the song over the phone and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future,” he said.

Last month, a message on Gilmour’s official website stated that “to stand with the world in our strong condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the works of Pink Floyd, beginning in 1987, and all David Gilmour’s solo recordings are removed from all digital music providers in Russia and Belarus starting today.”

He said he hoped the new song “would receive wide support and publicity”, adding that the group wanted to “raise money for humanitarian charities and boost morale”.

“We want to express our support for Ukraine, and thus show that most of the world thinks it is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become,” he said. .

Director and screenwriter Mat Whitecross filmed the video for the new song, and the single’s cover features a painting of a sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower, by Cuban artist Yosan Leon.

The flower is understood to refer to the woman who confronted Russian soldiers telling them to take seeds from her and carry them in their pockets so that when they died the sunflowers would grow.

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