Posted in music on November 26, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

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Over the weekend, WU LYF posted a new track, "T R I U M P H," to YouTube, along with a message that seemed to either imply the band have broken up or that frontman Ellery James Roberts has chosen to leave the group. The song and message have since been taken down, but the message (written by Ellery) read:

"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."

Ellery followed that up with another message directed at the other three members of WU LYF, Evans Kati, Tom McClung, and Joe Manning:

I am gone. This isn't the end. This is the begging.
We done business to be as free as we want to be; I'm exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I'm done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn't that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! your talented musicians so don't waste that. I am bored of the most challenging thing in WU LYF being deluding myself of its relevance. Dirty free, as that show ended it concreted my decision that a change has to come. "Be the change you want to see" said a wise old man.
I'm going to keep on doing what I do; if the time comes in the future where we all truly want to collaborate on something then that door is always going to be open; I have nothing but love for you all.

But I want to live life that's true to me.

Stay safe
your Brother from another mother...

(I'm gonna stay on email so keep in touch.)

Nothing else was posted to the band's official site and their official Facebook page has been taken down. The only message we've seen since is a tweet from Tom McClung's other project, Francis Lung, which reads, "not over yet."

WU LYF's only release is 2011's impressive Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, and it would be pretty sad to not see them continue after that. The new track, "T R I U M P H," has since been posted to a different YouTube page and you can listen to it below.


WU LYF - "T R I U M P H"



Comments (21)

Saw this band last year and that guy is just a fucking douchebag, no way around it. Maybe if he wants to stop being self important he can stop canoodling around in a douchey jean jacket pounding his chest (literally) and be a genuine, no-frills human being. I'm sick of watching fuckheads like this gravitate towards esoteric manifesto babble. Just make music. It's just music. Jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 10:58 AM

well this sucks

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 10:58 AM

i am almost certain he could have just had a conversation with his bandmates and spared all the drama posting this crap on the internet. is he basically says he wants to go to grad school or join the peace corp or something.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 10:59 AM

If we ask really nicely will the rest of the band be willing to quit too?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:09 AM

headline should read:
WU LYF signer may have quit, but unfortunately the band 'not over yet'

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:12 AM

^ Two attempts at humor, and yet both failed. Try again.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:14 AM

this guy sounds like a fool

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:17 AM

The Internet is the perfect place to say these things. Most problems can be solved on youtube threads. Yup-

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:26 AM

Band is a bunch of kids who put out one album. Chill out with the melodrama.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:31 AM

Wu Lyf. Triumph. C'mon, guys.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:40 AM

Awesome grammar in those letters.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:41 AM

Umm, who is this band and why do we care?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 11:51 AM

^ Dude, can you get new material? That statement is made with literally every single post on this website. Clearly you care enough to click on the link and read the article, not to mention posting this incredibly stupid question over and over again.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 12:08 PM

Reading that , the only thing that's clear is that he has gotten really into some kind of amphetamine.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 12:57 PM


Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 1:16 PM

did this dude really quit because he thinks the world is ending next month? wow.

all the respect i would have had for the guy for quitting music and wanting to do something helpful and productive for the world goes out the window for being a douche and dragging this shit through the mud on the internet for all to see..

anyway, i don't even know this band. I'm sure they suck anyway. I'll listen to that video and let you guys know.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 1:21 PM

Good GOD kill yourself already. That has to be the most pretentious, entitled, self-absorbed, over privileged and self pitying drivel ever composed by a human being. Kill yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:09 PM

I don't usually comment here, but I know some musicians read these blogs and if that's true in this case THAN HOLY SHIT YOUR ARE SUCH A DOUCHE. If this guy wants to quit a band, whatever, but holy shit this guy lives in an alternate universe. I hope they get a new singer because they're all excellent musicians with a corny nutjob frontman

Posted by Rodzilla | November 26, 2012 3:46 PM

dude's been watching the show girls way too much.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 6:47 PM

the band was good, i liked the album and this new song sounds good. It would be good if they could stick it out and make some more nice music

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 1:09 AM

it's too bad he quit.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 4, 2013 7:51 PM

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