Former members of Lostprophets and Thursday have joined forces to create new group titled No Devotion.
After the actions of ex-Lostprophets lead singer, Ian Watkins, tarnished the sextet and ruined their musical ventures, the remaining members of the band decided that this wasn’t the end.
When asked to explain his thoughts at the time, Stuart Richardson said: “We didn’t know what else to do. We just wrote music. I didn’t know if anyone would ever want to hear it, I didn’t know if anyone ever would hear it. I just needed to occupy my brain.” He pauses, then adds, “We just needed this.”
The remaining members initially approached ex-Thursday lead vocalist, Geoff Rickly, (who already had projects under-way), who, after a while, accepted the band’s request for him to front their new musical venture.
When asked to discuss this decision, Rickly said: “To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets. But with this music, we speak a common language. You don’t really grow out of punk, you grow with it. To my mind, post-punk was about taking a more sophisticated approach to that sound, and I think we all have a shared respect for that era of modern music.”
He further stated that: “I had always liked these guys in passing: they’re funny and self-aware. I didn’t think it was fair, what was happening to them. And, well, the music was too good to pass up.”
Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver and Stuart Richardson, alongside new front man Geoff Rickly, will now be performing debut shows in numerous venues across the UK. Tickets can be purchased here.
Listen to No Devotion‘s latest track ‘Stay’ and find a full list of tour dates below-
July 22 – Cardiff, CF10
July 23 – Manchester, Sound Control
July 25 – London, O2 Academy Islington
July 26 – Glasgow, O2 ABC2