WU LYF is playing tonight and tomorrow night in New York City. The UK band has been one of the most buzzed about, cult bands of the last year. Their anonymity (until recently) has cloaked them in a shroud of mystery, not to mention their cryptic name which stands for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation. Their self described “heavy pop” sound is an interesting mix of shoegaze walls of sound layed over bombastic beats. The most striking feature of the band is their lead singer’s distinctively gruff and aggressive vocal approach. It seems as if their mission is to urge people to revolt against whatever it is that suppresses them or prevents their happiness. Watch the video for “DIRT” below.
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So from melody driven bands carrying the essence of psychedelia and the spirit of California, we will shift gears to bands whose psychedelia is more overt, heavier and darker. The first time I posted about Sleepy Sun, the song was one of their lighter, more acoustic based tunes, that definitely draws from the same vibe as Devendra Banhart’s freak-folk. Unlike Banhart, who primarily stays in that zone, Sleepy Sun leans more on rock, yet it differs from Howlin’ Rain, Blitzen Trapper and The Mother Hips as it’s ties to blues and other roots styles is much less direct. The sound is obscured by more stylistic use of effects and darker tones.
Below is a trailer that shows the band hard at work in a studio in the iconic desert near Joshua Tree. They are gearing up to release their third studio album, Spine Hits, on Tuesday, April 10th. I heard about this first from the nice folks over at Relix. From what we hear in this brief clip, it sounds as if the band is pushing their sound in slightly different direction. It will be really interesting to see if it retains enough of their core, while incorporating enough new ground to be a success.
The band will be touring the country in anticipation and support of the new album. Here are some dates in the Northeast:
- Apr 08 : Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
- Apr 09 : Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY
- Apr 10 : Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
- Apr 11 : North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
- Apr 12 : Church of Boston – Boston, MA
- Apr 13 : Monkey House – Burlington, VT
The complete tour list can be found here.
Rubblebucket is bringing their brand of funky, afrobeat inspired indie rock to Bowery Ballroom this Saturday night. Their new album, Omega La La is a decided shift in the band’s sound, from a more purist afrobeat style, to an artsier brand of dance rock that draws from seminal acts like David Bowie and the recent indie mainstay Little Dragon from Sweden. Rubblebucket is supported by two up and coming acts, Superhuman Happiness and Prussia, full event details can be viewed here. If you’re looking to go out dancing on Saturday night, but you don’t want to be at some trendy club in the Meatpacking District, come to see Rubblebucket and I guarantee it will the best $15 you’ve spent in a long time. I would suggest grabbing your tickets in advance here. If you need some more convincing, watch the video for “Silly Fathers” below.