Frontman Ellery Roberts seemingly announces departure from band
The future of Wu Lyf has been thrown into doubt after frontman Ellery Roberts seemingly announced his departure from the band.
The band released their debut LP ‘Go Tell Fire To The Mountain’ in June of last year and had reportedly been working on new material, but Roberts has now posted a cryptic message on YouTube which indicates he has decided to leave the band due to disillusionment – although there has been no official confirmation so far.
Writing his post in the form of a letter to his bandmates, he said: “Evans/Joe/Tom, I am gone. This isn’t the end. This is the begging.
“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 around in baby step circles in a self involved bubble.”
He goes on to add: “WU LYF isn’t that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! Your 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,” he concludes. “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. But I want to live life that’s true to me.”
The message, which was published underneath another statement from Roberts declaring that “WU LYF is dead to me”, was posted underneath a previously unreleased track from the band titled ‘Triumph’ – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.
However, since Roberts’ message, Wu Lyf bassist Tom McClung used the Twitter account of his side-project Francis Lung to suggest that he and his bandmates are still determined to carry on by simply writing: “Not over yet.”
In December last year, Roberts said that the band had started work on new material and had been discussing what direction they wanted their new songs to take, while earlier this month, they hit out at car company Toyota for using their track in a “sexist” advert. A comment request from Wu Lyf’s representatives regarding an official statement on Roberts’ post or the future of the band has not yet been returned.