WU LYF break up via YouTube

Rather than releasing any official statements, WU LYF band members have announced the break up of their band via a long comment attached to a recently released song, called “TRIUMPH”. The announcement will undoubtedly come as disappointing news to the many fans of WU LYF’s work: the band shot to fame in the heavy pop scene after their impressive 2011 debut, Go Tell Fire.

Sadly, the characteristics that make WU LYF’s music so compelling—namely a simmering sense of mysticism and biting integrity—are also what make the YouTube announcement so exasperating. A sample of the contribution from front man Ellery James Roberts should give some indication:

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.

Wow. Meanwhile, we’re left wondering whether the split really was attributable to “the bullshit of maintaining face in the world we life”, or whether other factors were at play. Whatever the case, and irrespective of the band’s tone in announcing their split, the decision heralds a real loss, and we can only hope that the we hear more of the band and its members via various endeavours at some point down the line.

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