Despite an aversion to promoting themselves, doing interviews or divulging even the most basic biographical information, WU LYF were one of the breakout bands of 2011. Their debut full-length release, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, was a darling of critics, offering a truly unique combination of psychedelic and tribal elements. Now, less than a year removed from its release, the band has broken up.
On Friday night, the Manchester, U.K.-based band posted a video for a new song called “T R I U M P H” along with a letter from frontman Ellery James Roberts announcing the band’s end. The video has since been removed.
Read Roberts’ letter below:
“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.”