The legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has reunited Pink Floyd to record their first new material in 28 years, and it is a protest song against the Ukraine war. “Hey Hey, Rise Up!” features David Gilmour and Nick Mason, alongside long-time Floyd bassist Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards. The song is built around a theme from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox.
David Gilmour opens up on the newest project
Gilmour recently spoke to Rolling Stone and he was asked if he was considering doing more Pink Floyd music and how did the new song fit into the rest of the music that is being worked on. Gilmour is not planning a Pink Floyd tour or album.
He said: “This is a one-off for Pink Floyd. I’m casually working away all the time. I’m hoping to get an album finished at some point, but my focus at this very moment is just on this.”
It was then noted how Gilmour has been vocal against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from the beginning, and he was asked how the war had touched his life personally. He said that “Any war, but particularly a war that is started by a world superpower against an independent democratic nation, has got to raise enormous anger and frustration in one.”
Gilmour continued that, “As I said before, I have a small connection there; my daughter-in-law is from Ukraine. And the band Boombox are Ukrainian people that I already knew — not well, but from some time ago. It’s an enormously difficult, frustrating, and anger-making thing that one human being could have the power to go into another independent democratic nation and set about killing the population. It’s just obscene to an extent that is just beyond my belief.”
Pink Floyd last toured together for The Division Bell in the mid-90’s.