Day: #285 WU LYF - Fall 2011 US Tour (front embroidered!)
Brand: US Blanks
Source: After the inspiring Pulp show on Thursday in Pomona a few friends and i were inspired to drive to Coachella just to see them and leave. Well them and WU LYF. Pulp, WU LYF and maybe Mazzy Star. So Pulp WU LLYF and Mazzy Star and maybe a few songs from Black Keys. That was it. So the drive takes a little longer than expected and we got like i have seen many times before. when you arrive to a show to see the band you want to see just in time to hear the last chord, and then “Thank You, Goodnight!” HA! its happened more than a handful of times to me so its very comical when it happened. We missed WULYF (probably shouldn’t have stopped for that yummy banana shake form Bob’s Big Boy). Head to merch tent to see if i can get the Common People shirt that was sold out at thursday show only to arrive and find out two things.
1. The merch tent at Coachella is about half a mile long. and none of the shirts have labels so you have to squint and stare to see what shirts that have. its almost overwhelming. like the first time you visit Amoeba Records and just stand and stare trying to figure out which direction to head first.
2. The four Pulp shirts they had at the club show wer’ent available for sale at Coachella, only the Common People Design which lucky for me was the one I was looking for. (Note the information you just read was for T-shirt nerds only. sorry)
So after Pulp which was great but couldn’t hold water to night before show, we went to watch Mazzy Star. they clearly needed more practice. Black Keys? I think not. Seen it enough. So we left. So there making the record for me for shortest Coachella visit ever. 2hrs. 2 bands. FYI that was 1.5 hrs too long.
This WU LYF shirt was from the last Troubadour LA show. Granted i didn’t go but i went to the time before at the Echo, but no merch was available then, so had a friend pick this up for me. nicely made shirt, embroidered front logo, tour dates on back it really dosent get better than this. Not sure how many of you had had a chance to pick up a copy of this bands debut but it is pretty phenomenal. reminiscent a lot of Fugazi to me both in music and ethics. Clearly not in the merch category, but otherwise yes.
A very nice break from generic music being cranked out on the radio, or one hit wonder blog artists, that make one good record, then can never follow it up. or then plays show and hs no idea how to perform live or “entertain” anyone let alone a paying crowd. WU LYF falls into none of these categories, which of course is what makes them worthy of a post today on the ever growing Minor Thread t-Shirt Archive.