The track ‘Hey, Hey, Rise Up’ released by Pink Floyd provides relief to Ukrainian people to overcome the effects of war.
The song also includes Ukrainian singer, Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who is also a member of Ukrainian band Boombox.
Gilmour, one of the members of Pink Floyd stated in an interview: “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.”
Gilmour also added about the procedure of the track “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.”
Andriy Khlyvnyuk said keeping the light on the situation: “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 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,” Gilmour said recollecting his experience on playing with the Ukrainian band Khlyvnyuk. “It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”