Wu Lyf principal Ellery James Roberts has said that he is “done” with the band, something that may mean a new track titled ‘Triumph’, as was posted to the internet over the weekend, is their last release. Or not, given that it’s since been deleted. Along with the band’s Facebook and YouTube profiles.
Apparently the first the quartet’s other members Evans Kati, Joe Manning and Tom McClung heard of Roberts’ exit from their band was via a note attached to the ‘Triumph’ video, in which he said: “I am gone. This isn’t the end. This is the beginning. 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”.
He rambled on: “Wu Lyf isn’t that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! You’re 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”.
Roberts’ apparent disenfranchisement follows Wu Lyf’s being “fucking angry” earlier this month at auto brand Toyota, after the company allegedly used the band’s 2011 track ‘Heavy Pop’ in a car advert of questionable taste without their knowledge or approval.
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