Lostprophets unveil new project No Devotion

01/07/14

No Devotion

Former members of Lostprophets have announced a new single and UK tour dates following the conviction of frontman Ian Watkins on child sex charges last year.

Lee Gaze, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, Luke Johnson and Mike Lewis are working under the new name, No Devotion.

United Nations and ex-Thursday singer Geoff Rickly has taken Watkins' place.

The singer was sentenced to 35 years for child sex offences in December.

I didn't think it was fair what was happening to them and, well, the music was too good to pass up
Geoff Rickly
No Devotion

A statement about the new project said: "Harshly uprooted from their settled lives and careers, (the bandmates') own notions of trust and betrayal tested beyond measure, there was never going to be an ending in which everything could simply go back to where it was before."

Bassist Stuart Richardson said they wondered whether "people would look us in the face" because he says everything felt like it was over.

The band approached Rickly when they realised they did not want to give up on music and said his "famously eclectic musical interests perfectly aligned" with their new direction.

"To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets," Rickly said in the statement.

"But with this music we speak a common language. 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."

Ian Watkins
Image caption Ian Watkins is serving 29 years in jail after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences in 2013

The band's statement finishes: "This story is not so much about alienation as it is about connection and it's not about redemption as much as personal reclamation."

No Devotion's new tracks Stay and Eyeshadow were both premiered on Daniel P Cater's Radio 1 Rock Show on Monday evening.

No Devotion's tour dates are as follows:

Cardiff, CF10 - 22 July

Manchester, Sound Control - 23

London, O2 Academy Islington - 25

Glasgow, O2 ABC2 - 26

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