I never really bought into the mystery bollocks that WU LYF spread like a particularly vicious STD throughout their early career. But in all fairness, they did provide a fairly unique and inspiring brand of music - their self-proclaimed "heavy pop". A new song 'Triumph' (or 'T R I U M P H', if you want to be a prat) has just appeared, with an ominous accompanying text. Is this the end of WU LYF or are they just arsing about as usual?
The new song has arrived on YouTube, via the WU LYF Twitter page, accompanied by a lengthy diatribe from (former?) frontman Ellery Roberts. He appears to suggest the band has ended - "WU LYF is dead to me". Ellery also includes a message addressed to his fellow band mates - a curious decision but one that hints that if this is a split then it has been amicable, and the rest of the band may carry on.
I'm taking this all in with a healthy dose of cynicism. Having carefully cultivated their image to an almost unparalleled extent already, who's to say that this isn't step #234234 in their diabolical scheme to rule the world? They are World Unite: Lucifer Youth Foundation, after all. Whatever the hell that means.
Perhaps it actually is the end. Which would be unfortunate. I think everyone has experienced the loss of one of their favourite bands, so we should be sympathetic. I won't worry too much but their debut album did make our top fifty of 2011.
The new track 'Triumph' largely picks off from where 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain' stopped. Although the cacophony perhaps sounds oddly upbeat. Especially if it is indeed a funeral song. If anything though, I'd be interesting in hearing any new material from whatever projects emerge. That would be infinitely more interested than any further PR hokum, which would be dead annoying.
"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.Watch the video above or at YouTube.
P E O are P L E the world over. Your beautiful and strange, and I love you. But The Great Longings calling and I'm young and free enough to try and answer.
Ellery James Roberts
I am gone. This isn't the end. This is the begging.
We done business to be as free as we want to be; I'm exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I'm done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn't that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! your talented musicians so don't waste that. I am bored of the most challenging thing in WU LYF being deluding myself of its relevance. Dirty free, as that show ended it concreted my decision that a change has to come. "Be the change you want to see" said a wise old man.
I'm going to keep on doing what I do; if the time comes in the future where we all truly want to collaborate on something then that door is always going to be open; I have nothing but love for you all.
But I want to live life that's true to me.
your Brother from another mother...