It appears that Manchester band WU LYF have broken up. On Friday, the group shared and subsequently deleted a new song called "T R I U M P H" via YouTube. But the clip has been reposted by others since along with the screed that originally accompanied it. Beneath the song, frontman Ellery Roberts wrote, "WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of [2011 album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain] was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody's watching."
SPIN put a call in to the band's representative at Press Here Publicity, but when asked what's going on with WU LYF, publicist Chloë Walsh responded, "I don't know yet." The band's website contains no new info, and the link to their Facebook account is dead.
WU LYF quickly rose from obscurity to one of 2011's most buzzed-about artists, with many crediting their rise to smart branding: cryptic symbols, minimal biographical details, and enigmatic dogma. WU LYF stands for "World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation."
The message on the YouTube post is divided into three parts. The third contains the new song's lyrics, but the first appears to be addressed to fans, and seems to acknowledge some of WU LYF's overriding hype amidst references to end times prophecy.
Oddly, the second part of Roberts' message is directed at his bandmates Evans Kati, Joe Manning and Tom McClung, implying that his egress is news to them as well. After telling them that "WU LYF isn't that important," he adds, "I'm gonna stay on email so keep in touch."
Via the Twitter account for his other project Francis Lung, McClung simply stated, "not over yet."
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.
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...
(I'm gonna stay on email so keep in touch.)
New song "T R I U M P H":