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 penetrates all their songs. We don’t know much more about the band than we did when we made them a Band To Watch last year, though they’ve lowered their masks and their guard a little bit in this chest-thumping video. This may be the most you get to see of them or learn about them, since the band’s decided to release their debut on their own label and record in their own space, they can continue being mysterious and not doing interviews.
Or you can find out more by actually seeing them play. Pop Gun Booking and Brooklyn Vegan are bringing the band to New York this weekend for their first stateside shows. Their Friday show at Glasslands is sold out, but they just announced a Saturday performance at Shea Stadium with Wise Blood and Total Slacker. You can RSVP for that one here. If you’re not going to LCD Soundsystem at MSG on Saturday, I recommend checking out this show for some “I was there”-type bragging rights later on.
Go Tell Fire To The Mountain is out 6/13 via L Y F Recordings.