Manchester heavy-pop outfit WU LYF have apparently called it quits. Last night, the band dropped a new song on YouTube entitled “T R I U M P H”, alongside a farewell letter from frontman Ellery James Roberts.
“WU LYF is dead to me,” wrote Roberts. “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.”
Roberts also published a separate letter to bandmates, which reads: “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.”
In March, WU LYF appeared to break up on stage, telling a crowd in London, “goodbye forever.” However, the band backtracked from the statement shortly after, explaining to NME, “When we talk about things, it’s always in a forever sense. If you’re our age, a year is a long time. You live a different life each year. We like to create a bit of drama, that’s what excites me to play every night. It’d be boring to just say ‘see ya next year’.”
Listen to the aforementioned song “T R I U M P H” below, and click here to read all the farewell letters in full.