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by Kevin Thomas

With their creation in 2008, WU LYF quickly gained a following and presence in Manchester, England. They released their debut album, ‘Go Tell Fire to the Mountain’ in 2011 and began touring around England. The band’s mysterious sound reflected their attitude towards the press. WU LYF refused interviews and any interaction with the media, besides the release of music.

In 2012, WU LYF released the single “T R I U M P H” on Youtube and Soundcloud. However, within weeks of the release, WU LYF announced their break-up.

Frontman Ellery Roberts left the band with a letter titled “WU LYF is Dead to Me.” In this letter Roberts stated:

“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.”

At the same time as this announcement, the former band members removed “T R I U M P H” from the internet, leaving it for the few lucky individuals who were able to download it.

While devastated at first, fans were relieved when former members began to announce new projects. Roberts began a new project almost immediately, as his letter hinted. Partnering with Ebony Hoorn, Yousif Al-Karaghouli, and Paul Savage, Roberts announced his new project “LUH”. However, LUH did not release any music until October of this year.

“UNITES” can be heard here.

Any fan of WU LYF will recognize Roberts’ distinct voice and the similar use of reverb. However, LUH features the use of beat sequencing and an all around more electronic sound.

The other three members of WU LYF, drummer Joe Manning, bassist Tom McClung, and guitarist Evans Kati started their own project “Los Porcos” with three members of FAMY.

Los Porcos was much quicker to release music. They released two songs on Soundcloud and had already played their first show by mid-April, 2013.

Listen to “Jesus Luvs U Baby” here

Los Porcos’ self proclaimed “yacht rock” is a groovy and dreamy soft rock completely different from WU LYF’s previous sound.

While, yes, every fan of WU LYF was devastated at their break up, the phoenix rises from the ashes even more beautiful than before. WU LYF’s spirit lives on in the forms of LUH and Los Porcos.

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