26 November 2012
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Manchester band split after just one album, frontman writes amazingly pretentious break-up note

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WU LYF, the raspy Manchester indie quartet whose debut of last year failed set the world on fire, are no more. In an amazing letter that alludes to Jesus Christ, Rastafarianism and the apocalypse, frontman Ellery James Roberts gives his reasons for the band splitting:

“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 bullshit 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.”

Perhaps fearing there was no way he could outdo that epic of understatement, another unknown member of the band wrote that witnessing the Dirty Three perform in Manchester “concreted my decision that a change had to come”.

[via Pitchfork]

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