New Jersey, United States
|Associated acts||Lostprophets, Thursday, United Nations, Beat Union|
|Past members||Luke Johnson|
No Devotion are a Welsh/American alternative rock band formed in 2014. Fronted by American singer Geoff Rickly (formerly of the band Thursday) from New Jersey, and former band members of the Welsh band Lostprophets from Pontypridd. It was formed almost 6 months after Lostprophets broke up on 1 October 2013.
The band has recently released three singles; "Stay", "10,000 Summers" and "Addition" and have released their album debut, Permanence, 25 September 2015, produced by Dave Fridmann. In early 2015, drummer Luke Johnson officially left the band. Also, the former drummer of Kids in Glass Houses, Philip Jenkins, temporarily entered No Devotion to help its members in their upcoming concerts.
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 35 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).
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 that he regarded the new material of music as being influenced by Joy Division, New Order, and The Cure, although he did not speculate whether or not he was going to be joining the band.
On 1 May 2014, it was announced that the members of now-defunct Lostprophets announced that they 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 revealed that they would not be playing any music from the Lostprophets discography as the songs are now "tainted" in their opinion. The band's first live performances received positive reviews from critics and fans.
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'.
On 28 October, they played at the Glasslands in Brooklyn. There was originally supposed be a full length tour taking place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Toronto, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, with support from Neon Trees but it was announced that Neon Trees had to postpone their US Tour, and the tours were cancelled.
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 Matt Tong from Bloc Party to record the rest of their first album, and with Phil Jenkins from Kids in Glass Houses to tour with them on their 2015 UK tour.
On 17 August, they released the Fourth single from their Album titled, 'Permanent Sunlight'. On 29 and 30 August they played at the Reading and Leeds Festival as part of their Tour with Seether and Baroness, they also Debuted 'Permanent Sunlight' live for the first time. On 27 August, the band announced a Tour of Europe taking place in Germany including dates in Köln, Berlin and Hamburg. along with a UK and US Tour.
On 21 September, they released their debut Album Permanence on Soundcloud four days before its official release. Four days later on September 25th they officially released Permanence Worldwide, the Album has received positive reviews from fans.
On 17 November, they released a Music Video for their single 'Permanent Sunlight'.
They confirmed on the 6th February 2016 that they were working on new songs.
Styles and influences
Lead singer Geoff Rickly has described their music as a combination as fellow Rock Bands, The Cure, Joy Division and New Order. Fans have also noticed that the name of the band is similar to 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 & Geoff Rickly|
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