WHAT HAPPENED TO VISTOSO BOSSES?? I’m kind of bummed that the aesthetic on display here never really caught on, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that they were just about 5 years too early with it.
If your takeaway from Mumford and Sons was “decent, but needs more yelling by packs of drunk-sounding bros,” you’re gonna love Wu Lyf.
this is what i like about them though: everything about WU LYF is hyper-masculine to the point of camp. from the lit-up logo they position behind themselves on stage, to their propensity for shirtlessness, to the near incomprehensible grunting vocals, they elevate so many things about anthemic arena rock to absurd levels without actually coming off as a joke. maybe they’re deadly serious about it all, or maybe it really is at least a bit tongue in cheek, but whether it’s intentional or not is really beside the point.
also, i wish people would go beyond the knee-jerk U2 comparison for bands like this. maybe it’s not completely inaccurate, but are they really the ONLY reference point?
Cover Design for Upton Sinclair’s Der Sumpf (The Jungle) — John Heartfield, 1928
“One of Heartfield’s longest engagements entailed designing book covers for Malik Verlag. This press, run by his brother Wieland Herzfelde, aimed to make leftist books on social issues inexpensively available to the German public. Since many of the authors were little known or foreign, the dust cover was important in attracting attention.
This book is a German translation of California author Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Der Sumpf in German). The jacket for Der Sumpf was noted for the extended scale of its image, covering the front, back, and spine of the book.”
Isn’t this kind of what “You Yes You” is about?