Posted in music | pictures on April 5, 2011

photos by Ryan Muir

no bandana, no shirt either...
Wu Lyf

As MusicSnobbery points out...

"Making their U.S. debut last Friday was the much talked-out and mysterious band out of Manchester, UK, Wu Lyf (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation). Half of the story is the incredible and evocative songs they've released or teased. With their epic, no-holds art rock and sense of grandeur, they defy comparison to any current band in the U.K. music scene. The other half is the fact that they buck convention by not releasing any information about themselves. They eschew interviews and the standard PR push that is endemic with new bands. Heck, I was chatting with the lead singer before the show and I didn't even know it until the Wise Blood guy pointed him out....

... Their music thrives on screwing with the complacent. Nothing is straight forward in songs like "Lucifer Calling," "Heavy Pop", "Spitting It Concrete Like The Golden Sun God" and "L Y F". The overall feeling is some sort of religious or spiritual upheaval, maybe purging of their demons. Every song has them screaming until their voices cracked.

My surprise is their set was a decent amount of time, a little under an hour....

....Seeing the band was like seeing the movie There Will Be Blood for the first time. I know it's a brilliant experience, but I can't exactly tell you why..."

My thoughts were very much the same after seeing the intense band perform at the BrooklynVegan-presented sold out show at Glasslands on Friday night (same night the Strokes played MSG, but Wu Lyf's 12:30am set time gave some people the chance to do both).

Wu Lyf also played another set at Shea Stadium on Saturday, again with opener Wise Blood who plays again with Zambri at Pianos tonight (4/5).

And Wise Blood was a whole different kind of entertaining as he rapped over live and electro beats, gave shotouts to people he recognized in the crowd, asked for coke and drunkenly climbed to the 2nd level thing in Glasslands and then jumped down (possibly breaking his foot, as he said under his breath before launching into his final song). You can see some of the action in the pictures, which continue below...

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Comments (24)

LCD was special...

Posted by Get on the yellow bus! | April 5, 2011 12:56 PM

like what, 5 posts on these guys in the last week?

must have a great pr company

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 12:57 PM

Wu Lyf killa bees!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:01 PM

Wu Lyf > Winning

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:02 PM

STFU WITH THE WINNING POSTS! I'M SICK OF THIS.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:04 PM

^ That's the BV twats for ya. Don't worry, that catch phrase will soon die a cancerous death and these losers will be forced to actually get lives.

All will balance out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:13 PM

WINNING WILL NEVER DIE!

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:15 PM

produced by RZA?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:19 PM

i went crowd surfing that night and no one was there to catch me

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:20 PM

WU LYF > REAL ESTATE

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:23 PM

why does every mention of this band describe them as "mysterious"? sounds like an anti-marketing marketing gimmick to me.

also, big in 2011, crew neck sweatshirts.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:24 PM

The Glasslands show was packed with buzz-chasers and promo-hounds like the Music Snobbery fedora-wearing douchebag. The Shea Stadium show was virtually empty.

Also, WTF happened to True Womanhood. They used to be an interesting 3-piece and now its just the two guys yelling over beats. Either this was a prank or the worst style change ever.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 1:32 PM

I like the pic of him before and after taking of the shirt. Hot.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:04 PM

but what does maria sherman think?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:21 PM

"The Glasslands show was packed with buzz-chasers and promo-hounds like the Music Snobbery fedora-wearing douchebag."

that comment is fantastic in that it's really fucking true. also, isn't that dude like 40?

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:41 PM

True Womanhood were one of the worst bands I've seen in the past 5 years. Pathetic in every sense of the word.

Wu Lyf were great. That's all.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 2:52 PM

WU LYF were the shit at Shea. They had a cash bar set up but still let us roll in with a case. Smoked ourselves silly and then got paranoid the floor was gonna collapse from everyone dancing. LCD Soundsystem is for tools.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 3:21 PM

Wise blood Foetus??
No just some new mediocre crap.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:18 PM

James Murphy seen eating a chili dog at this show. He spilled mustard on his shirt.

Posted by yup | April 5, 2011 4:25 PM

4:18=WINNING

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2011 4:39 PM

For the record, I wear a trilby, not a fedora. But you're right, I should wear a hoodie and dress like a 10-year old emo mall skater.

The True Womanhood crackhead dancers were entertaining.

Posted by MusicSnobbery | April 5, 2011 11:17 PM

Wearing a hoodie and dressing like a mall kid is no more embarassing than being a suburban New Jersey middle-aged guy trying to be hip with a silly hat and failing miserably.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:20 PM

^ DUH

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:23 PM

@11:17 and @ 1:20 you're both idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:35 PM

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