Pink Floyd Releases New Song “Hey Hey Rise Up” featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox
- British rock band Pink Floyd recorded a new song “Hey Hey Rise Up” for the first time in 28 years.
The song was released in support of the people of Ukraine. All proceeds of the song will go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief.
The band teamed up with Ukrainian band Boombox's Andriy Khlyvnyuk on the track. Also, Gala Wright, the daughter of late-Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, was present during the recording of the song.
The track was written by David Gilmour, Andriy Khlyvnyuk, and Stepan Charnetskii. The accompanying music video was directed by Mat Whitecross.
The band guitarist David Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren, said of the song, “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”.
He continued, “I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want to raise funds and morale. We want to show 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.”
- “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during lockdown,” He explained of recording. “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.”
The artwork for the track features a painting of the national flower of Ukraine, the sunflower, by the Cuban artist, Yosan Leon. The cover of the single is a direct reference to the woman who was seen around the world giving sunflower seeds to Russian soldiers and telling them to carry them in their pockets so that when they die, sunflowers will grow.
- source : Apple Music