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No Devotion

No Devotion are a Welsh/American alternative rock band formed in 2014. They are composed of American vocalist Geoff Rickly (of the band Thursday) from New Jersey, and former band members of the Welsh band Lostprophets. The band formed in the wake of Lostprophets' dissolution in 2013.[1][2]

The band have released four singles; "Stay", "10,000 Summers", "Addition", and "Permanent Sunlight" and released their debut album, Permanence, produced by Dave Fridmann in 2015. Earlier that year drummer Luke Johnson officially left the band. Philip Jenkins, former drummer of Kids in Glass Houses, subsequently began performing as the band's live drummer.

History

Lostprophets (1997-2013)

Between 1997 and 2012, Mike Lewis, Lee Gaze, Stuart Richardson (from 1998) and Jamie Oliver (from 2000) were members of the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, along with lead singer Ian Watkins (with Luke Johnson joining in 2009). On 19 December 2012, Watkins was charged with 13 sexual offences against children,[3] and was subsequently sentenced to 29 years imprisonment the following year.[4] On 1 October 2013, the remaining members announced Lostprophets' breakup saying that they would "no longer make or perform music as Lostprophets". The announcement was signed by all band members (except Watkins).[5]

Formation, Johnson's departure (2014-15)

The band formed sometime in April 2014 only a few months after Lostprophets broke up. After days of rumors, it was confirmed by ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly in an interview on Radio Cardiff that he would be working with the remaining Lostprophets members on their new project through his own label, Collect Records, and described their new music as being influenced by Joy Division, New Order, and The Cure, although he did not confirm that he was going to be joining the band.[6]

On 1 May 2014, it was announced that the former Lostprophets members would continue to make music with Rickly replacing the disgraced Watkins as their new vocalist, with Rickly saying that they "deserved a second chance."[7][8] On 1 July, the band unveiled their début single "Stay", along with another song titled "Eyeshadow", as well as details of a short four-date tour taking place in Cardiff, Manchester, London, and Glasgow with support from Samoans.[9][10] Ahead of the first performances, the band confirmed that they would not continue playing music from the Lostprophets discography, referring to the songs as "tainted".[11] The band's first live performances received positive reviews from critics and fans.[12]

On 18 August 2014, No Devotion announced that they would be opening for Neon Trees on their First Things First tour.[13] However, the tour was abruptly cancelled as a result of a significant heart surgery for Neon Trees bassist Brendan Graham.[14]

On 6 October 2014, on the BBC 1 Radio Rockshow, Daniel P. Carter premiered the band's second single, "10,000 Summers", along with the b-side "Only Thing".[15]

In late 2014, drummer Luke Johnson had left the band, feeling that he would be unable to fulfil commitments to the band. The decision was made in 2014 but was not made public until January 2015, with former Bloc Party drummer Matt Tong completing the recording of their first album, and Phil Jenkins of Kids in Glass Houses joining as a live member.[16]

In January 2015, they embarked on their second UK tour, taking place in Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, Reading, and London, supporting Gerard Way on three of the dates.[17][18]

On 30 June, the band announced they would be releasing their first album, titled Permanence, in September,[19] and released two songs titled "Death Rattle" and "Addition".[20][21]

Permanence and new material (2015-present)

On 17 August, their fourth single "Permanent Sunlight" was released. On 29 and 30 August they played at the Reading and Leeds Festival as part of their tour with Seether and Baroness, which included the live debut of the aforementioned song. On 27 August, the band announced further dates in Germany, the UK and US. Whilst in Germany, Rickly was drugged and robbed with that night's show then cancelled.[22]

On 21 September, they released their debut album Permanence on Soundcloud, four days before its official release. Four days later on September 25 Permanence received its official release to positive reviews. The album went on to win the 2016 Kerrang Album of the Year award.[23]

On 17 November 2015, they released a music video for their single "Permanent Sunlight".[24]

As of August 2016, frontman Geoff Rickly has reunited with his other band Thursday. The future of No Devotion is unknown.[25]

Styles and influences

Lead singer Geoff Rickly has described their music as reminiscent of bands such as The Cure, Joy Division and New Order. Fans have also noted a resemblance between the band name and the title of Thursday's final studio album, No Devolución.

Band members

Timeline

Discography

No Devotion discography
Studio albums 1
Music videos 1
Singles 3

Studio albums

Title Details
Permanence
  • Released: 25 September 2015[26]
  • Label: Collect (CLTD-1014, CLTD 1014)
  • Formats: CD, DL, LP

Singles

List of singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Chart peak Album
US Alt. UK
"Stay" 2014 1 49 Permanence
"10,000 Summers" -- --
"Addition"[27] 2015 -- --
"Permanent Sunlight"[28] -- --
"--" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Music videos

Title Year Director(s)
"Permanent Sunlight" 2015 Liza de Guia and Geoff Rickly

Awards

Kerrang! awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 Permanence Best Album Won

References

  1. ^ Carter, Emily (1 July 2014). "Ex-Lostprophets members announce new band, No Devotion". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Denham, Jess (1 July 2014). "Lostprophets return with Geoff Rickly as new band No Devotion after Taylor Swift's child sex offences". The Independent. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ Hall, John (19 December 2012). "Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of conspiring to rape one-year-old girl". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lostprophets' Ian Watkins sentenced to 29 years over child sex offences". BBC News. 18 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lostprophets announce split following singer Ian Watkins sexual offence charges". NME. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  6. ^ Carter, Emily (30 April 2014). "Geoff Rickly working with Lostprophets members on new band". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ Michaels, Sean (1 May 2014). "Lostprophets members reunite to form new band". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ Denham, Jess (1 May 2014). "Lostprophets reunite to form new band without Ian Watkins". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Lostprophets members announce details of first single as new band No Devotion". NME. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lostprophets unveil new project No Devotion". BBC. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ "No Devotion: 'We will never play Lostprophets songs again'". NME. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Neon Trees announce tour with No Devotion (ex-Lostprophets, Thursday), Echosmith - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Neon Trees cancel part of tour, including show scheduled for New Orleans' Civic Theatre". NOLA.com. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ Carter, Emily (6 October 2014). "No Devotion Post New Song, 10,000 Summers". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ "Former Lostprophets drummer quits new band No Devotion". BBC. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  17. ^ Ritchie, Andy (19 December 2014). "No Devotion Have Joined Gerard Way's January Tour". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ Fletcher, Harry (19 December 2014). "No Devotion announce January UK tour". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2015. 
  19. ^ Carter, Emily (1 July 2015). "No Devotion Announce Debut Album, Permanence". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2015. 
  20. ^ White, Caitlin (6 July 2015). "No Devotion - "Addition"". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015. 
  21. ^ Chatterjee, Kiki (6 July 2015). "Listen to new No Devotion track "Addition"". AltPress. Retrieved 2015. 
  22. ^ Payne, Chris (2015-09-28). "No Devotion's Geoff Rickly Poisoned and Robbed in Germany". Billboard. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Jen (2016-06-09). "Kerrang! Awards 2016: The Winners!". Kerrang!. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ "No Devotion - Permanent Sunlight (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 2016-12-09. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ Camp, Zoe (March 22, 2016). "Thursday Reunite". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016. 
  26. ^ Carter, Emily (1 July 2015). "No Devotion Announce Debut Album, Permanence". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2015. 
  27. ^ "Addition | No Devotion". No Devotion. Retrieved 2015. 
  28. ^ "Permanent Sunlight - No Devotion | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017. 

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