The enigmatic, frequently masked Manchester rock collective WU LYF appear to have broken up, at least if their kinda-cryptic internet messages are to be believed. Over the weekend, the band posted a new song, a bigger-than-life pound called “T R I U M P H,” on YouTube. And with the video, frontman Ellery James Roberts left text indicating that he’s done with the band, and that he maybe thought he was under more scrutiny than he actually was.
This is bad news! WU LYF were a Band To Watch way the hell back in 2010, and their sole album, 2011’s epic churn Go Tell Fire To The Mountain, had spirit and intensity going for it. If this really is the end, it’ll go down as one of the great one-and-dones in recent indie rock history. Below, listen to “T R I U M P H” and read the full text of Roberts’s letter.
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.)