WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

2011-09-06 09:05
WU LYF - pronounced "woo-life" - is the latest exciting band to come out of Manchester’s rich musical heritage. The name stands for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation, but don't hold that against them.

 It's been a while since I've discovered a new release that demands you come back to it again and again. WU LYF’s, Go Tell Fire To The Mountain is such a release, combining Ellery James’ throaty wailins with Durutti  Column-style guitar pickings over a simple church organ  and a raw tribal beat.

It's hard to pick out particular highlights on this album that the band themselves describe as "heavy-pop", as everything seems to have been constructed to make the whole album and indeed the whole concept work as a unit.

This includes the impressive packaging which includes the necessary lyric sheets needed to decipher exactly what it is that James is ranting about. The album starts with a track called "LYF", which has James shouting, 'Love You Forever" and barrels through to the final track on the album, incidentally also called "Heavy Pop".

There is a definite gang mentality that emerges from the album - the “WU” in the name, the crucifix-like logo and also tracks such as "We Bros".

After all the pre-release hype that WU LYF created before the album was released, there was a feeling that that they'd had set themselves up for an almighty fall.  But they've delivered one of the year’s best debuts so far. Let’s hope that Ellery James can keep his vocal chords intact for another album.

Greg Donnelly is a member of legendary Cape Town band The Dollyrockers, and currently fronts Long Time Citizen.
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