Wu Lyf made their U.S. debut @ Glasslands w/ Wise Blood & True Womanhood (pics)
photos by Ryan Muir
no bandana, no shirt either…
“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).
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…