Published Jul 01, 2014Welsh alt-rock outfit Lostprophets saw their career come to a horrifying, nightmarish end last year when frontman Ian Watkins was found guilty of sex crime charges with children under the age of 13, including attempting to rape a baby. With Watkins now serving a 35-year prison sentence, the band's remaining members have formed a new project called No Devotion.
The band sees Lostprophets members Mike Lewis, Lee Gaze, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson and Luke Johnson carrying on together with a new vocalist. Namely, that role is being filled by American post-hardcore great Geoff Rickly, formerly of Thursday and currently of United Nations.
"We didn't know if we would ever make music again, if people would look us in the face," Richardson said in a press release, regarding the aftermath of Lostprophets' singer's horrific actions. "Everything felt like it was over."
Fortunately, the band members' move toward melodic post-punk was one that Rickly found common ground in.
"To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets," Rickly said. "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.
"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."
No Devotion will release their debut 12-inch through Rickly's Collect Records imprint on July 12 in Europe and July 22 in North America. The release will include the band's first single "Stay" (available below), along with the song "Eyeshadow."
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