Published Nov 24, 2012Manchester upstarts WU LYF were the indie darlings of 2011 with their hyped debut Go Tell Fire to the Mountain. While fans have been waiting patiently for a follow-up, however, the band have seemingly called it quits.
The news comes via a new single called "T R I U M P H." The track was posted to YouTube, where the band members seemingly delivered a farewell to the project in the video's description.
Frontman Ellery James Roberts offered the following statement:
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.
P E O are P L E the world over. Your beautiful and strange, and I love you. But The Great Longings calling and I'm young and free enough to try and answer.
Ellery James Roberts
Another unnamed band member added his own statement, which can be read here.
Earlier this year, WU LYF told a London crowd that they'd be ending their run, saying "goodbye forever" at the end of a show. Speaking to NME shortly after, bassist Tom McClung denied that they'd be breaking up, saying, "When we talk about things, it's always in a forever sense. If you're our age, a year is a long time. You live a different life each year. We like to create a bit of drama, that's what excites me to play every night. It'd be boring to just say 'see ya next year.'"
Only time will tell if the current farewell is for real or just the band creating "a bit of drama." Either way, you can check out "T R I U M P H" below.