World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation ... wait, what?
WU LYF (pronounced "Woo Life", stands for "World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation) are a band from Manchester, England that originally became known for creating a mystery about themselves by declining requests for interviews and not releasing much information to the press. The band describes their music as "heavy pop". Their manager, Warren Bramley, has previously worked with Tony Wilson at Factory Records.
Much of the early press coverage on the band has focused on the fact that they do not know much about the band. The New York Observer described the phenomenon as "carefully designed anonymity". One critic highlighted their "ability to maintain mystique at a time when everything is out in the open". The NME has picked the band as one that is likely to define 2011.
They were described as "The cult band of the moment in England" by Rolling Stone magazine in Italy. The Dutch magazine Kicking the Habit described them as sounding like "Tom Waits in a church under the guidance of stoned garage".
The band appeared on BBC2's "Culture Show", showcasing a song off their recent album and conducting an interview. Recent press has become more concerned with WU LYF's intense, cathartic live show. Pitchfork Media gave Go Tell Fire to The Mountain an 8.4 rating.
Similarly, American talk show host David Letterman is a self-proclaimed fan.
This band has, in my opinion, a really weird/unique sound. I mean it's hard to tell if you'll like it, it sounds good for me so far.
Something I've noticed in their tracks is the difficulty to understand the lyrics, at least I can't most of them. Especially in We Bros, where the only lyric I used to recognize was... we bros
And this is one of the most curious/"interesting" performances I've seen in a while. It's the performance of the song "Heavy Pop" on the Letterman show, which ended at 3:34 with the band's singer shouting: What's up motherf***ers? (it's censored of course), followed by Letterman's laughter and the reluctant/shy attitude of the band. I like the drumming anyways.
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