Lostprophets Leave Past Behind With New Band
The former members of the Lostprophets, whose frontman was convicted of child sex abuse, are returning to music but in a new band with a new name.
Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson and Luke Johnson have formed No Devotion with ex-Thursday singer Geoff Rickly.
The musicians were left "shocked beyond comprehension" after Ian Watkins was jailed for 35 years in December and took a step back from music after 15 years.
In a press release the Welsh rock band said they "didn't know if we would ever make music again".
But they revealed that after a long period of reflection after being "harshly uprooted from their settled lives and careers" they started to work on the new project.
"We didn't know what else to do," Richardson explains.
"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 added: "We just needed this."
"To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets," Rickly admits.
"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."
The statement said that after much consideration, Rickly agreed to front the new project. In light of the recent controversy, no one believed that this was an easy request.
"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," he said.
No Devotion's debut single, Stay, is released on July 21 and the band will also be playing a number of dates at the end of the month.