WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
June 11, 2011
WU LYF. How in the world do you say that? Let’s try the pronunciation first. It’s pronounced “Woo” (Short “O”) and “Life” (just like it sounds). Now, what in the world does it mean? Therein lies the tale, as it stands for the overly dramatic “World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation.” Talk about a cry for attention! It’s ok – I’ll let them pass – they deserve it for making such a wonderful and unique record.
It’s an immersive experience to say the least. The music is transcendent. The guitars float along through the clouds, and Ellery Roberts’ barely discernible dirty vocals only add to the mystery of what is coming through your speakers. I can imagine speeding down Route 50 through the emptiness of Nevada and just losing myself in this as the stars shine above me. It’s a perfect storm of emotion, because it’s a record that makes you feel alone, floating along someplace in the outer galaxy, but also so hopeful that you are on the right track. For any Dark Tower fans, I see this music all throughout Mid-World (if Mid-World had any type of underground indie music scene, which it obviously does not), and a perfect companion for Roland’s journey. It lies somewhere in between the old world and the new days to come. It’s worth stating again – this music is transcendent, and it’s from another planet.
To add to the mystery, this band has already called it quits, one record in. Go Tell Fire To The Mountain was the first and the last. Maybe it’s all for the best, because I don’t know how they could have made a record to follow this one. Call it a bright shining star; one that sped across the sky only to burn out in a magnificent fashion. Maybe they still exist in some distant universe…
If you had to listen to two tracks: Cave Song / We Bros