Exploring WU LYF's music doesn't expose much of the group either. What they call "heavy pop" comes out as reverb-rich, starry-eyed, and pleasantly unpolished power-pop/post-punk that's reminiscent of contemporaries Abe Vigoda and Male Bonding. Roberts, meanwhile, growls with the desperation of someone whose vocal cords are about to give out for good, and when intelligible (which is rare), his lyrics touch on faith and discontent without ever diving too deep. As McClung tackles a question about past press descriptions of WU LYF as an "art project" or "movement," his reluctance to answer indicates his band's serious preference for grays. "It's not up to us to declare what we are," he says. "It's up to us to be true to ourselves and for our output to be worthwhile." ^

WU LYF + WILLIS EARL BEAL | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston | April 28 @ 8 pm | 18+ | $15 | 617.779.0140 or brightonmusichall.com 

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