After practically three a long time with out creating new authentic music, Pink Floyd — minus Roger Waters — has gotten again collectively in help of Ukraine.
Guitarist and singer David Gilmour, drummer Nick Mason, bassist Man Pratt and composer Nitin Sawhney teamed as much as create “Hey Hey Rise Up” to help the UN’s Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.
In accordance with the Guardian, Gilmour was impressed by Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk from the band BoomBox. In February, Khlyvnyuk left the rock group to battle in Ukraine in opposition to Russia whereas BoomBox was touring the US.
Gilmour saw an Instagram video of the musician in navy gear singing a protest tune in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Sq. after which felt impressed to do one thing about it.
“I assumed: that’s fairly magical and possibly I can do one thing with this,” Gilmour told the Guardian. “I’ve acquired a giant platform that [Pink Floyd] have labored on for all these years. It’s a extremely tough and irritating factor to see this terribly loopy, unjust assault by a significant energy on an impartial, peaceable, democratic nation.
“The frustration of seeing that and pondering ‘what the f–ok can I do?’ is form of insufferable.”
So Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren which might be half-Ukrainian, took that frustration out and made one thing productive out of it.
The group acquired collectively and recorded the tune and a music video, which options Mason enjoying on drums which have a portray from Ukrainian artist Maria Primachenko. Waters, who left the group in 1985, reportedly didn’t return for the reunion. Nonetheless, the tune options Khlyvnyuk’s voice from the video that impressed Gilmour to start with.
Gilmour did attain out to Khlyvnyu, who was hospitalized for an damage within the battle.
“The following time I noticed him, he was in hospital, having been injured by a mortar,” Gilmour mentioned to the Guardian. “He confirmed me this tiny quarter-inch piece of shrapnel that had embedded itself in his cheek. He’d stored it in a plastic bag.”
Together with the brand new tune, Pink Floyd additionally just lately introduced that they eliminated all their music from Russian and Belarusian digital music suppliers.
Gilmour hopes the tune, which releases Friday, can serve an vital goal for the folks of Ukraine.
“I wouldn’t do that with many extra issues,” Gilmour mentioned, “but it surely’s so vitally, vitally vital that individuals perceive what’s occurring there and do every part inside their energy to vary that state of affairs.”