Monday, 4 June 2012


                         OVERDUE, BUT I SAW WU LYF IN MARCH 

Apparently ‘Wu Lyf’ is a type of Chinese food, Pagan ritual and a Spiritual rehab centre. After successfully explaining that Wu Lyf is in fact a band, I was then faced with the difficult task of describing what Wu Lyf sound like. 

Self described as ‘heavy pop’, Wu Lyf’s gig was not a disappointment; the rawness of the album, ‘Go Tell Fire to the Mountain’ was more than successfully captured in their live performance. Front man, Ellery James Roberts delivered the vocals with that rough and strangely captivating voice. Guitar riffs and the distinctive ‘BOOM BOOM BOOM tiki tiki tiki tiki’ of ‘Dirt’ were played to perfection. What was missing was audience interaction. Knowing that they were often portrayed as mysterious band, I wondered what they would be like with the audience. After playing three or four songs (pretty much perfectly, may I add) without a word to the crowd, I began to lose hope for the interaction that makes live music worth it. At that precise moment where I thought all hope was dashed, Ellery James Roberts croaked into the mic; his speaking voice equally as cool as his singing. The gig only got better from there. 

Wu Lyf turned out to be a friendly group of ‘bros’, giving a fist bump and high fives to the crowd. Their show seemed to be the gift that kept giving, when after being cheered back on stage, the band demonstrated their diversity, giving their own take on Kindness’ ‘Swinging Party’. All in the intimacy of the venue Heaven, Wu Lyf‘s “last UK gig ever... well, ‘till we come back” proved to be a good one. 


Laura xx

Photo taken by me


  1. Thanks for commenting! You have a lovely blog by the way!

  2. Great sound!! Thanks for posting this, I'm always looking for new bands. You've got a really nice blog here, I'll be following for sure :)