Former members of Wu Lyf open up about their split

Former members of the band will play their first gig as Los Porcos in London tonight (April 25)

Former members of Wu Lyf open up about their split

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The former members of Wu Lyf have opened up about their split.

Earlier this year, the future of the band was thrown into doubt after frontman Ellery Roberts announced his departure in a statement in the form of a letter to his bandmates under the statement "WU LYF is dead to me" accompanied by a YouTube clip. The band released their debut LP 'Go Tell Fire To The Mountain' in June 2011 and had reportedly been working on new material.

"We all knew it wasn't working" drummer Joe Manning says in this week's NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally. "There's no one explanation for it. There's a million reasons that don't amount to much more than it just didn't work. No-one is trying to cover anything up. If it doesn't work it's going to break eventually."

When asked about the current state of their relationship with Roberts, he said the situation was too personal to comment, but did add: "None of us knew that was going to happen before we read it on the internet…There's nothing cryptic in that message for me; it's personal, and I don't know why he had to do it like that."

Wu Lyf's ex members including Manning, bassist Tom McClung, and guitarist Evans Kati are now making music under the name Los Porcos along with three members of the band FAMY. They will play their first gig at Salon in London tonight (April 25).

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