Pink Floyd Share Video for First New Song in 28 Years, “Hey Hey Rise Up,” in Support of Ukraine

Pink Floyd Share Video for First New Song in 28 Years, “Hey Hey Rise Up,” in Support of Ukraine

Features Ukrainian Musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox

Apr 07, 2022

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Classic rock legends Pink Floyd have shared “Hey Hey Rise Up,” their first new song in 28 years, in support of the Ukrainian people in the face of the Russian invasion. The song features Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk, of the band Boombox, and was shared via a video. Watch it below and the song will be on all digital platforms tomorrow.

“Hey Hey Rise Up” features founding member Nick Mason and almost founding member David Gilmour joined by longtime Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt, as well as Nitin Sawhney on keyboards. It’s the band’s first new recording since 1994’s The Division Bell. The track began when Gilmour saw a February Instagram video of Khlyvnyuk singing a Ukranian protest song (which translates to “The Red Viburnum in the Meadow”) in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square. “Hey Hey Rise Up” uses Khlyvnyuk’s original vocals from that Instagram post, with new music composed around it.

Gilmour has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren, which in part motivated 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 says in a press release.

Gilmour has previous history with Khlyvnyuk. “In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members have been imprisoned,” he explains. “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.”

Khlyvnyuk was in hospital in Kyiv where he was recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury while Gilmour was writing the song and Gilmour reached out to him. “I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing,” Gilmour says. “We both hope to do something together in person in the future.”

Gilmour also had this to say about the song: “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.”

Mat Whitecross directed the video for “Hey Hey Rise Up,” which was shot on the same day as the track was recorded (March 30). “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during lockdown,” Gilmour explains. “It’s the same room that we did the ‘Barn Jams’ with Rick Wright back in 2007. 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.”

Pink Floyd’s last album was 2014’s The Endless River, which was based around material from the Division Bell sessions, hence this is the band’s first new recording in 28 years.

Proceeds from the single are going to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.

“Hey Hey Rise Up” Lyrics:

In the meadow a red viburnum has bent down low
Our glorious Ukraine has been troubled so
And we’ll take that red viburnum and we will raise it up
And we, our glorious Ukraine shall, hey – hey, rise up – and rejoice!
And we’ll take that red viburnum and we will raise it up
And we, our glorious Ukraine shall, hey – hey, rise up and rejoice!

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Here is the official video for 'Hey Hey Rise Up', Pink Floyd’s new Ukraine fundraiser feat Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox. Stream / download at pinkfloyd.lnk.to/HeyHeyRiseUp

'Hey Hey Rise Up', released in support of the people of Ukraine, sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, all accompanying an extraordinary vocal by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief.

This is the first new original music that they have recorded together as a band since 1994’s The Division Bell.

The track uses Andriy’s vocals taken from his Instagram post of him in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square singing ‘The Red Viburnum In The Meadow’, a rousing Ukrainian protest song written during the first world war. The title of the Pink Floyd track is taken from the last line of the song which translates as ‘Hey, hey, rise up and rejoice’. The song’s opening choral parts are by Ukrainian VERYOVKA Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.

Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren says: “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”.

Gilmour explains how he came to know Andriy and his band Boombox. “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.”

While writing the music for the track, David managed to speak with Andriy from his hospital bed in Kyiv where he was recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury. “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.”

Speaking about the track Gilmour says, “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.”

The video for ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ was filmed by acclaimed director Mat Whitecross and shot on the same day as the track was recorded. David Gilmour “We recorded the track and video in our barn where we did all our Von Trapped Family live streams during lockdown. It's the same room that we did the 'Barn Jams' with Rick Wright back in 2007. 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.

LYRICS
Oyu luzi chervona kalyna pokhylylasya,
Chohos' nasha slavna Ukrayina zazhurylasya.
A my tuyu chervonu kalynu pidiymemo,
A my nashu slavnu Ukrayinu, hey-hey, rozveselymo!

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