Band of the moment WU LYF announce autumn 2011 UK tour - tickets available Friday 22nd July

Posted: 20th July 2011

Secretive Manchester heavy-poppers 'World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation' - aka WU LYF - are coming out of hiding to play a series of autumn gigs.

A couple of years after forming, maintaining something of an enigmatic aura was a good deal easier for WU LYF. In early 2010, the band set out playing monthly residences in a coffee shop, albeit a too-cool-for-school Manchester coffeehouse called 'An Outlet', frequented by many of the city's scenesters and painfully-hip-niks.

It didn't take long for WU LYF to get themselves noticed and the NME were soon declaring the band to be the Most Exciting Thing of All Time or something (The Horrors had a week off). Yeah! SICK! Thankfully, WU LYF turned out to be well worth a listen.

In late 2010, eschewing convention (itself an increasingly conventional approach), the foursome elected to record their debut album 'Go Tell Fire to the Mountain' in a disused church (St Peters) in the Ancoats area of town, amid the ghosts of great recordings made in the neighbourhood (including James' 'Gold Mother'), as well as actual church ghosts.

WU LYF's manager, Warren Bramley, is also the founder of An Outlet and a former associate of Tony Wilson. But WU LYF are no Factory Records throwback. The sense of mystery and style is certainly something Wilson, Erasmus and co would have approved of, but the sound is refreshing; melodic and theatrical, heavy and authentic. And it's got people talking. Shouting, even.

WU LYF start their short tour in Newcastle on 17th October followed by gigs in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Liverpool and Bristol, before a show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 26th October and the final gig of the tour in Brighton on 27th.

We will have tickets for all dates from 9AM on Friday 22nd July, priced just £8.50 (£10 for London). They will sell out.

Stewart Darkin