Pink Floyd’s Protest Anthem for Ukraine is First New Song in 28 Years

Rock legends Pink Floyd have released their first new music since 1994, and, true to form, it’s a stirring political protest song against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and company sampled the voice of Andriy Khlyvnyuk, lead singer of Ukrainian rock band BoomBox, for “Hey Hey Rise Up.”

The Guardian grabbed an exclusive interview with Gilmour that details how everything came together. Perhaps not surprisingly, the whole thing started via social media, Instagram in particular. Gilmour saw a video of Khlyvnyuk dressed in military fatigues singing a version of “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow,” a 1914 protest song written in honor of Sich Riflemen who fought in the first world war and Ukraine’s war for independence.

So, Gilmour and the boys got back together (minus Roger Waters, of course) to record the single, sampling Khlyvnyuk’s performance. All the proceeds of whatever money the band makes will go to Ukraine’s humanitarian relief. The video is excellent and a moving tribute to the Ukrainians fighting off the Russian army right now. Gilmour and Mason look pretty ancient because, well, they are. But Gilmour still rips on guitar.

Check out the new single for yourself:

Source: The Guardian

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