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LUH (Ex-WU LYF) – “Unites”

The one-and-done release of WU LYF’s Go Tell Fire To The Mountain was probably one of the more disappointing break-ups of the decade. Thankfully, the former band members have been pretty active: three of them went on to form Los Porcos and lead singer Ellery James Roberts struck off on his own in a very… More »

By: James Rettig / October 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

FAMY – “A Ho A Hand” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year we heard from Los Porcos, a seven-man ensemble featuring members of the now-defunct WU LYF. Los Porcos also featured members of FAMY, a London combo that has worked with WU LYF’s Evans Kati before — so, all in the FAMY. The band’s just announced its signing with Transgressive Records, home to Foals,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 11, 2013 - 10:54 am

Los Porcos (Ex-WU LYF) – “Sunshine”

Life after WU LYF continues, as members Joe Manning, Tom McLung, and Evans Kati prep the release of their double A-side 12″ as Los Porcos. Below, you can hear the two tracks, “Sunshine” and “C.F.W.,” which are both beaming with modern-tinged yacht rock vibes. Earlier this summer, we heard also music from the band’s former… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 12, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Backtrack: WU LYF Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Mary Karr’s Cherry is a memoir about becoming a teenager. As the book progresses and she gets older, she finds herself in that position that all teenagers find themselves in at one point or another: she’s responsible for her actions, but outside of them as well, the things she does are not her, but she’… More »

By: Sam Hockley-Smith / July 17, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Ellery James Roberts (Ex-WU LYF) – “Kerou’s Lament”

Ellery James Roberts, former frontman of now-defunct Manchester band WU LYF, has released solo material via Tumblr. According to one post, the song “Kerou’s Lament” was “scripted/produced & sang lonesome in London spring time” and features uncleared samples of Clams Casino, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Lil B, who is really the perfect person to sample whe… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 25, 2013 - 10:45 am

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2012

Each September, we recognize 40 new bands we look forward to listening to for years to come. And each December, we salute the veterans who’ve decided to pack up their knives and never ever get back together. This year’s class of quitters includes an anarcho-pop one-hit wonder, a multi-platinum Aussie rock band, and a New… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 26, 2012 - 3:48 pm

WU LYF Break Up

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 Robert… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 9:08 am

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor’s set to perform “Shipwreck.” The… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

WU LYF Bring “Heavy Pop” To Letterman

Five days into 2012, we already have a contender for the year-ending Best Late Night Performances list. On last night’s episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, WU LYF brought their ferociously strangulated wails and their Eazy-E T-shirts to the Ed Sullivan Theater’s stage and generally whomped all kinds of ass. When they got… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 5, 2012 - 11:58 am

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 10 New Acts Of 2011

Having already revealed Your Top 10 Tracks and Your Top 10 Music Videos, next box to be punched on the Gummys’ advent calendar is the Top 10 New Acts Of 2011 category, and, unlike the Grammys, Stereogum’s readers did a nice job of representing 2011’s singular breakout artists. And, based on post count, we were… More »

By: Stereogum / December 14, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Chris Isaak Talks About All Those “Wicked Game” Covers

Chris Isaak’s soft-focus boudoir-rockabilly classic “Wicked Game” is one of those songs that just about all of us attempt to sing at some point, if only to confirm suspicions that our falsettos are terrible. And it’s a song that plenty of indie rock types have covered, as well. In just the past few months, WashedMore »

By: Tom Breihan / December 14, 2011 - 11:49 am

WU LYF – “Krusty” (Papa M Cover)

The former Slint guitar wizard Dave Pajo has spent so much time as an indie rock hired axe that his Papa M solo project has gone weirdly underrated. But British guitar-anthem mob WU LYF apparently know their history; they recently recorded a live-in-studio cover of Pajo’s instrumental “Krusty” for the Seattle radio station KEXP. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2011 - 4:25 pm

Progress Report: WU LYF

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Progress Report: Ellery Roberts of WU LYF — Manchester’s cultiest non-cult band — opens up about the band’s current tour and getting to work on album number two.

WU LYF’s debut album — Go Tell Fire To the Mountain — has proven itself to be one of thi… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / November 28, 2011 - 3:55 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Hey, there were some good videos this week! Two of the five videos below come from the directing team of Casey Raymond and Ewan James Morris, neither of whom I’d ever heard of before. They even came out on the same day. Nice work, Casey Raymond and Ewan James Morris! We’ve got those, as well… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2011 - 4:47 pm

WU LYF – “We Bros” Video

We haven’t seen anything for a while on the WU LYF video tip, but today the mysterious UK rockers serve up an apocalyptic clip for Go Tell Fire To The Mountain standout “We Bros,” where a group of young people race through the woods. Are they running to something, or away from something? Suspense. Check… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 15, 2011 - 10:35 am

Watch WU LYF Cover “Wicked Game” In London

Wicked Game” is the one Chris Isaak song that everybody loves to cover. Washed Out did it a few months ago, and the bizarre pop-opera project Il Divo tried it out just last night on The Tonight Show. Below, check out a video of the enigmatic art-rock yowlers WU LYF doing a scraggly but surprisingly… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey Win Q Awards

Q Magazine held its annual Q Awards ceremony in London today, and plenty of big-name acts did well for themselves. Adele won a ton of awards, and Coldplay won the coveted public-voting award Best Act In The World Today Presented By First Drinks Brand, which is probably the best name for any award ever. But… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2011 - 4:54 pm

WU LYF – “go tell fire; reprise”

The marauding, mysterious British BTW WU LYF has posted a new track called “go tell fire; reprise” on their website, claiming that the track was “always meant” to appear on their debut album Go Tell Fire To The Mountain but that they couldn’t get the transitions right. It’s a skyward soundtrack blast anchored by the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 7, 2011 - 4:59 pm

The 7 Best Videos Of The Week

We’ve got new videos from Rihanna, UNKLE, The Grates, and WU LYF this week. I especially like the Ford & Lopatin video because it’s the human version of those Friskies ads. The ones where the cat hallucinates and believes that turkeys, fish, and other edibles worship cats like gods? They’d make really good Animal Collective… More »

By: jessica / June 3, 2011 - 1:44 pm

WU LYF – “LYF” Video

WU LYF are prepping their debut LP and their first-ever U.S. shows. “LYF” is a taste of their new album. Like many of their songs it’s got a self-referencing title and a tortured, dramatic vocal by their mysterious lead singer, and I think the organ at the beginning adds to the religious, leave-nothing-behind feeling that… More »

By: jessica / March 30, 2011 - 10:59 am
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