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Anthony Carew

WU LYF Call It Quits

By November 29, 2012

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WU LYF have broken up. Apparently following the 'live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse,' the once-mysterious Mancunians have ended their brief run as actual rockband; breaking up a-year-and-a-half after the release of their debut album, Go Tell Fire To the Mountain.

After issuing their first few singles behind a veil of internet anonymity, WU LYF unmasked themselves with the release of their one-and-only LP; and submitted themselves to interviews, tours, festival shows, and lots of other things that apparently fueled their own demise.

"You know you ain't got nothing but time, but time isn't an infinite currency I want to see wasted," wrote band-leader Ellery Roberts, in a kind of rockband suicide note. "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... 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."

The band initially uploaded one final song on YouTube, "Triumph," but it was soon deleted. The recording persists; you can hear "Triumph" here. As final salvo, it sounds rather a lot like a left-over demo fronted by a Tom Waits impersonator. If you feel like pouring a 40-ounce for WU LYF, "We Bros" makes for a better memorial.

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