WU LYF formed in the summer of 2008 in Rusholme, Manchester and comprises "Jeau" (Joe Manning), "Lung" (Tom McClung), "Elle Jaie" (Ellery Roberts) and "Evnse" (Evans Kati). Having caught the attention of the UK music industry and press after making a series of early recordings available through their website, WU LYF began a monthly residency, entitled "Play Heavy Pop", at Manchester's An Outlet coffeehouse in December 2009. The band's first gig outside of Manchester came in July 2010 at the MIDI Festival on the French Riviera. Subsequent shows include France's Transmusicales Festival,
Berlin's Transmediale festival and sold-out headline shows in Glasgow and London. In July 2010 the band announced the formation of the Lucifer Youth Foundation, giving new members an illustrated bandit mask and a 12" single featuring the tracks "Concrete Gold" and "Heavy Pop". The band started recording their debut album in November 2010 using the money generated by the L Y F membership scheme. Deciding against the conventional studio set up, they instead took over Saint Peter's church in Ancoats, Manchester, to record their album. The album is self-produced. The band declined all offers from established record labels and released their debut album, entitled Go Tell Fire To The Mountain,themselves on 13 June 2011 through the L Y F recordings imprint.
In support of the records release the band played several dates in the UK to critical acclaim, culminating in the curation of the Great Bridgwater street Tunnel as part of the Manchester International Festival.
Much of the early press coverage on the band has focused on the fact that they do not know much about the band.
The New York Observer described the phenomenon as "carefully designed anonymity".
One critic highlighting their, "ability to maintain mystique at a time when everything is out in the open".
The NME has picked the band as one that is likely to define 2011.
They were described as "The cult band of the moment in England" by Rolling Stone magazine in Italy[. The Dutch magazine Kicking the Habit described them as sounding like "Tom Waits in a church under the guidance of stoned garage". The band appeared on BBC2's "Culture Show", showcasing a song off their recent album and conducting an interview. Recent press has become more concerned with WU LYF's intense, cathartic live show Pitchfork Media gave the "Go Tell Fire to The Mountain" a 8.4 Rating and the Best New Music accolade, stating "WU LYF in the manner of Iceage or Odd Future as musicians that have made me genuinely excited about their potential impact on listeners, the same things that make them seem juvenile– the artistic and personal volatility, the semblance of a roving gang more than a band, the invitation to indulge in your most disturbing impulses and yet feel morally superior to an ill-defined majority– are the same things that feel totally galvanizing. And it's easy to imagine GoTell Fire to the Mountain giving disaffected listeners the promise of an entry to something beyond themselves in a way that James Blake or Bon Iver can't. "
BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe named "Dirt," the album's 7th song, the "Hottest Track in the World"
(The Wikipedia page on the band has been deleted several times, which itself has been covered by the press.)
MembersEllery James Roberts — Vocals, Organ,
Thomas David Francis McClung — Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Evans Kati — Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica
Joseph Louis Harland Manning — Drums, Piano
Singles"Heavy Pop" / "Concrete Gold" (12" single, 2010)
"Dirt" (7" single, 2011)
"We Bros" (12" single, 2011)
AlbumsGo Tell Fire to the Mountain (album, released 13 June 2011)] (UK chart peak: #98)
Very favourably reviewed by Codamusic.
11.02.12 Laneways Festival / Perth / AUSTRALIA
10.02.12 Laneways Festival / Adelaide / AUSTRALIA
06.02.12 Metro Theatre / Sydney / AUSTRALIA
05.02.12 Laneways Festival / Sydney / AUSTRALIA
04.02.12 Laneways Festival / Melbourne / AUSTRALIA
02.02.12 Prince Of Wales / Melbourne / AUSTRALIA
30.01.12 Laneways Festival / Aukland / NEW ZEALAND
28.01.12 Laneways Festival / Brisbane / AUSTRALIA
09.12.11 L'Epicerie Moderne / Feyzin / FRANCE
07.12.11 Small Room at Stereolux / Nantes / FRANCE
06.12.11 Le 106 / Rouen / FRANCE
05.12.11 Le Grand Mix / Tourcoing / FRANCE
22.11.11 Troubadour / Los Angeles, CA / USA
21.11.11 The Independent / San Francisco, CA / USA
19.11.11 Crocodile Café / Seattle, WA / USA
18.11.11 Electric Owl / Vancouver, BC / CANADA
15.11.11 7th Street Entry / Minneapolis, MN / USA
14.11.11 Empty Bottle / Chicago, IL / USA
12.11.11 Legendary Horseshoe Tavern / Toronto, ON / CANADA
11.11.11 Il Motore / Montreal, PQ / CANADA
10.11.11 Middle East Downstairs / Boston, MA / USA
08.11.11 Music Hall of Williamsburg / Brooklyn, NY / USA
06.11.11 Rock N Roll Hotel / Washington, DC / USA
05.11.11 Voyeur / Philadelphia, PA / USA
02.11.11 La Cigale / Paris / FRANCE
27.10.11 Coalition / Brighton / UK
26.10.11 Shepherd's Bush Empire / London / UK
25.10.11 Thekla / Bristol / UK
22.10.11 Kazimier / Liverpool / UK
21.10.11 Rescue Rooms / Nottingham / UK
19.10.11 Brudenell Social Club / Leeds / UK
18.10.11 Institute - Temple Rooms / Birmingham / UK
17.10.11 The Other Rooms / Newcastle / UK
12.10.11 Kranhalle / Munich / GERMANY
11.10.11 Sinkkasten / Frankfurt / GERMANY
09.10.11 Gebaude 9 / Cologne / GERMANY
08.10.11 Molotow / Hamburg / GERMANY
07.10.11 Festsaal Kreuzberg / Berlin / GERMANY
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