British Bands on the Wrong Side of Social Networking and YouTube

It’s always been tough to be an artist in Britain.  The music media is unrelenting.  They’ll build you up and then suddenly turn on you.  And it’s only become worse in the era of social networking.  The Guardian takes a look at the case of Wy Lyf, a band with tons of potential that suddenly crumbled last month.

Formed in 2008, Wu Lyf had strong connections with Mancunian musical aristocracy. Their manager, Warren Bramley, previously worked with Tony Wilson, the founder of Factory Records, which launched Joy Division and then New Order.


Commenting on his departure, the influential American music website Fader observed that: “Wu Lyf is just one more in the list of early deaths in our current rock landscape, suggesting that maybe the genre is suffering from the hyper trajectory of music today. Basically, the lifespan of a band that ought to have raged on for years and garnered a passionate and cultish following can now be wrapped up in short of a decade.”

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