Pink Floyd have reunited to record their first new material in 28 years, 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.
But the song is built around a spine-tingling refrain from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox.
Gilmour says the song is a show of “anger at a superpower invading a peaceful nation”.
But it is also intended as a morale booster for the people of Ukraine, and a call “for peace”.
Work on the song began a couple of weeks ago, when Gilmour was shown Khlyvnyuk’s Instagram feed. The singer had posted footage of himself in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square, fully armed and ready to fight the Russian invasion.
Facing the camera, Khlyvnyuk sang The Red Viburnum In The Meadow, a protest song written during the first world war, which has become a rallying cry in Ukraine over last six weeks.