|Origin||Pontypridd, Wales, UK
Newark, New Jersey, United States
|Lostprophets, Thursday, United Nations, Beat Union|
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.
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.
Between 1997 and 2012, Mike Lewis, Lee Gaze, Stuart Richardson, and Jamie Oliver 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, and was subsequently sentenced to 29 years imprisonment the following year. 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).
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.
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." 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. 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". The band's first live performances received positive reviews from critics and fans.
On 18 August 2014, No Devotion announced that they would be opening for Neon Trees on their First Things First tour. However, the tour was abruptly cancelled as a result of a significant heart surgery for Neon Trees bassist Brendan Graham.
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".
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.
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.
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.
On 17 November 2015, they released a music video for their single "Permanent Sunlight".
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.
|No Devotion discography|
|"--" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"Permanent Sunlight"||2015||Liza de Guia and Geoff Rickly|