As part of humanitarian efforts for Ukraine, Pink Floyd is finally breaking their hiatus to release a brand new single.
This midnight, the iconic English rock band release their new song as a group for almost thirty years.
Pink Floyd new song ‘Hey, Hey, Rise Up’
According to NME, Pink Floyd will release their latest single, “Hey, Hey, Rise Up,” tomorrow, April 8, 2022.
However, contrary to the expectations of avid fans, David Gilmour would not provide lead vocals for the new single. Instead, Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk’s acapella voice will be sampled on the track.
Khlyvnyuk is the leader of BoomBox, a Ukrainian rock and pop band formed in 2004.
Per Variety, Pink Floyd will lift Khlyvnyuk’s a capella vocals from an Instagram post shot in kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square for the new single.
The Ukrainian singer sings a Ukrainian folk protest song from World War I, “The Red Viburnum In The Meadow”. The old chant has been revived to serve as a cry for Ukrainians against Russia’s unprecedented war.
The last line of “The Red Viburnum In The Meadow” translates to “Hey hey, get up and rejoice”, which is where Pink Floyd came up with the title of their new song.
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David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Guy Pratt, and Nitin Sawhney reunited and recorded the next single on March 30, 2022. More so, Mat Whitecross directed an accompanying music video for “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!.” According to Pink Floyd’s latest Instagram post, all proceeds from the single will go directly to Ukrainian humanitarian aid.
“I hope it will receive wide support and publicity. We want 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 that this is totally wrong for a superpower to invade the independent democratic country that Ukraine has become,” wrote Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
This is not the first time the rock band has stood up to Ukrainians during the ongoing siege.
Last month, Pink Floyd and David Gilmour removed their music from 1987 from all digital music providers in Russia and Belarus.
Local media report that Khlyvnyuk was recently hospitalized with a mortar shrapnel wound after being injured by Russian invaders. Gilmour apparently played a bit of the song to him over the phone before the injured singer gave him his blessing.
Fans could pre-record the “Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” here.
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