Dropped by Robert Miller
WU LYF of Manchester, England have seemingly broken up, but it’s difficult to say for sure. All the signs point to it: The band deleted their Facebook and uploaded a video for a new song last week called “T R I U M P H” (which has since been removed) beneath which the band essentially described the end of WU LYF (see the transcript below).
But WU LYF, which stands for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation, have been known to mess around with their image since they first formed in 2008. It began as the band purposefully refused interviews and almost seemed to ignore attempts of media coverage. Publications from The Guardian, to NME, to Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and beyond all focused on the simple fact that they didn’t know much about the band, since WU LYF kept themselves enshrouded in mystery.
Then, when they finally made their network television debut on David Letterman, frontman Roberts took the opportunity to end the song with a loud and clear, “What’s up, motherfuckers?”
Roberts wrote this under the video for “T R I U M P H”:
“By the time I wrote this I was all ready gone. You know you aint got nothing but time, but time isn’t an infinite currency I want to see wasted. If this is our last month living, apocalypse looming, I am not going to spend my final hours waiting in purgatory. I am done. There is nothing here that inspires/ interests me beyond the emptiness for dreams. and I don’t want to spend my life asleep; dreaming of a….
“Wake up! We stay safe/ everything is golden/ in this place.
“WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of “Go tell fire” was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody’s watching. A year spent losing faith; Innocence lost wide eyes see clear the dark. There’s blood running down streets of every city in the world, what’s a song to do, pretend it mean everything/nothing to you. Another distraction from the world we live. I and I struggle for a based positivity; Get free or die trying; J C Hung him self up for the easy way out. so Broken Mama Cita be kind to me.”
So, yes, all the signs seem to point to the “end” of WU LYF, but when it comes to a band like this who seem to revel in manipulating their public image, it’s really difficult to say with absolute certainty. And following Christohper Owens departure from Girls earlier this year, they may come in a long line of here today gone tomorrow firework indie bands.
As of now, 2011′s Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is WU LYF’s only full-length studio release, and it could be their only solid display of a one-hit wonder.
Watch WU LYF’s music video for “We Bros” below:
Wed Nov 28