Hey, Hey, Rise Up!
Single by Pink Floyd featuring Andriy Khlyvnyuk of BoomBox
Released 8 April 2022
“Hey, Hey, Rise Up!” (also written “Hey Hey Rise Up”) is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released as a single on 8 April 2022, based on a 1914 Ukrainian song and featuring vocals in Ukrainian by Andriy Khlyvnyuk. It is the first new music recorded by Pink Floyd since 1994.
The recording features the vocals of Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band BoomBox, who had recorded an a capella version of a 1914 Ukrainian anthem, “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow” (Ukrainian: Ой у лузі червона калина), which Stepan Charnetskii wrote to commemorate the Sich Riflemen. Khlyvnyuk videoed his performance in Sofiyskaya Square, Kyiv, and posted the video on Instagram. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour—whose son Charlie is married to the Ukrainian artist Janina Pedan—saw the Instagram post, and was inspired to record something in support of Ukraine in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War. He contacted drummer Nick Mason, and suggested they should record something using the Pink Floyd name. Khlyvnyuk, while recovering from shrapnel wounds sustained in defence of Ukraine, gave Gilmour his blessing to use the vocals. Gilmour wrote extra music, in order to include a guitar solo.
The music was recorded on 30 March 2022 at Gilmour’s home, by band members Gilmour and Mason, with Guy Pratt, bassist with Pink Floyd since 1987, and keyboardist Nitin Sawhney. It was Sawhney’s first work with Pink Floyd. Gala Wright, the daughter of late-Pink Floyd keyboardist and founding member Richard Wright, was also present during the recording.
The title of the song is from the last line of “Oh, the Red Viburnum in the Meadow”, ‘Hey, hey, rise up and rejoice’. A video for the song was directed by Mat Whitecross, also on 30 March, on a set designed by Pedan. In the video, Mason’s drums are decorated with reproductions of a painting by Maria Primachenko, a Ukrainian artist, several of whose works were destroyed in a fire caused by Russian shelling during the invasion. The single’s artwork depicts a band logotype (in the style of Gerald Scarfe’s lettering for The Wall) patterned after the Ukrainian flag alongside a sunflower, the national flower of Ukraine, in a painting by Cuban artist Yosan Leon.