Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

WU LYF

WU LYF

Willis Earl Beal

Tue, April 24, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

WU LYF
WU LYF
WU LYF is nothing, four dumb kids calling out heavy longings for a place to call home, two brothers greet two brothers and play heavy pop. I don't feel at home in this place, like your hearts drunk on kerosene and all you need is a spark. A lil' flare ofLucifer. And in blind faith they believe what they are told to believe and exploit your true mamma until her blood runs blue.

The wind on the mountain laps tame, its wild years replaced by an air-conditioning unit, sleek and metallic, molded perfection. And in efficient regulation the people were conditioned and were told there's no alternative son. To tell fire is to question, to bring fuel to the fires started by kids no longer blinded by spectacle glare. So go tell fire.
Willis Earl Beal
Willis Earl Beal
Willis Earl Beal isn't an easy person to find. He isn't on Facebook and never had a MySpace page. All he had was some flyers tacked to the wall of a used bookstore on Chicago's west side. It started "I want friends & stuff" and ended "I am not a Weasel", signed WILLIS EARL BEAL and a phone number.

XL Recordings will release Beal's debut album, Acousmatic Sorcery, in the US on March 20th (UK/Europe, March 19th).

The album's 11 songs are taken from a series of recordings Beal made while living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He arrived in Albuquerque without a plan, a place, or enough money to live off and began singing warm, visceral and moving tunes to help him cope while sleeping rough. He spent days drawing and printing up flyers, distributing them all over his new city. Eventually Beal found work as the night porter at a motel. It was during the late-night shifts that the 27-year-old musician from the south side of Chicago taught himself to make music.

The downcast Evening's Kiss recounts a particular trip to a local diner, where a waitress who Beal found attractive happened to work: Beal would dress up in a suit in an effort to impress her and in the hopes of perhaps wooing her, but on this night something felt amiss. "I felt like 'Jesus Christ, I'm just a fraud. I'm here and I'm deluding myself into thinking that this person, this waitress, is actually interested in me," he says. He took some paper out of his bag and scribbled down some heartbreaking lines about losing out on a desired dream, about "the evening's kiss got me fading away."

As the Summer came to an end, Willis plotted his journey back to Chicago. While he traveled across America he continued to receive phone calls as the flyers made their own journey. One caller introduced himself as "Mos Def" and together they plotted to write a script based on Willis's life, with Mos playing the lead. One caller asked for help with his homework. Another caller using the name Steve The Tranny asked for career advice and the two planned to audition for a new show called the X-Factor. Neither made the cut.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123