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.
|Years active||2014–present (on hiatus)|
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.
After a short Hiatus from the band with nothing announced. Lead guitarist Lee Gaze confirmed on Twitter that a second album is due for release possibly in late 2019. He also confirmed that keys/synth player Jamie Oliver had left the band and that while rhythm guitarist Mike Lewis didn't perform any recordings for the album, he is still part of the band.
- 1 History
- 2 Styles and influences
- 3 Band members
- 4 Discography
- 5 Awards
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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, 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).
Formation and Johnson's departure (2014–15)Edit
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. 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.
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 2015, 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".
Hiatus and second album (2016 - 2019)Edit
On August 2016, it was announced Geoff Rickly's former band, Thursday had reunited; however, in October 2018, Thursday announced their second breakup, which occurred in March 2019. At the time the future of No Devotion was unknown, following this however, members of the band confirmed that they were working on a follow up album to Permanence, to be released by the end of 2019. Although changes to the active line up of the band may have occurred due to the length of time between the two records. The members of the band confirmed to be working on the album include Geoff Rickly, Lee Gaze and Stuart Richardson possibly meaning that Jamie Oliver and Mike Lewis have left the band. Oliver's departure was confirmed by Lee Gaze, although he also clarified, that while Lewis didn't perform any recordings on the upcoming record, he is still a part of the band. It is currenlty unknown if Philip Jenkins is still involved with the band.
Styles and influencesEdit
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|
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- Carter, Emily (1 July 2014). "Ex-Lostprophets members announce new band, No Devotion". Kerrang!. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- 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 1 July 2014.
- 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 19 December 2012.
- "Lostprophets' Ian Watkins sentenced to 29 years over child sex offences". BBC News. 18 December 2013.
- "Lostprophets announce split following singer Ian Watkins sexual offence charges". NME. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Carter, Emily (30 April 2014). "Geoff Rickly working with Lostprophets members on new band". Kerrang!. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- Michaels, Sean (1 May 2014). "Lostprophets members reunite to form new band". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- Denham, Jess (1 May 2014). "Lostprophets reunite to form new band without Ian Watkins". The Independent. London. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "Ex-Lostprophets members announce details of first single as new band No Devotion". NME. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- "Lostprophets unveil new project No Devotion". BBC. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- "No Devotion: 'We will never play Lostprophets songs again'". NME. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Owens, David (22 July 2014). "Former Lostprophets make their debut as No Devotion". Wales Online. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- "Former Lostprophets members thank fans for 'sticking with us' at first gig as No Devotion". NME. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Abbit, Beth (24 July 2014). "Review: No Devotion @ Sound Control". Manchester Evening News. Manchester. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Ritchie, Andy (26 July 2014). "No Devotion's first ever London show: "Old friends back where they belong"". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- Anderson, Steve (26 July 2014). "No Devotion, O2 Academy Islington, London, review: Former Lostprophets find their way with new frontman Geoff Rickly". The Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "Neon Trees announce tour with No Devotion (ex-Lostprophets, Thursday), Echosmith - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
- "Neon Trees cancel part of tour, including show scheduled for New Orleans' Civic Theatre". NOLA.com. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
- Carter, Emily (6 October 2014). "No Devotion Post New Song, 10,000 Summers". Kerrang!. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "Former Lostprophets drummer quits new band No Devotion". BBC. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Ritchie, Andy (19 December 2014). "No Devotion Have Joined Gerard Way's January Tour". Rock Sound. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Fletcher, Harry (19 December 2014). "No Devotion announce January UK tour". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Carter, Emily (1 July 2015). "No Devotion Announce Debut Album, Permanence". Kerrang!. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- White, Caitlin (6 July 2015). "No Devotion – "Addition"". Stereogum. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Chatterjee, Kiki (6 July 2015). "Listen to new No Devotion track "Addition"". AltPress. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- Payne, Chris (28 September 2015). "No Devotion's Geoff Rickly Poisoned and Robbed in Germany". Billboard. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- Jen (9 June 2016). "Kerrang! Awards 2016: The Winners!". Kerrang!. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- "No Devotion - Permanent Sunlight (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
- Camp, Zoe (22 March 2016). "Thursday Reunite". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
- Childers, Chad. "Thursday to Revisit Big Albums on 2019 Tour, Then End Reunion". Loudwire. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
- "Thursday reveal dates for 2019 full-albums tour (including Saint Vitus)". BrooklynVegan.
- Richardson, Stuart (12 June 2019). "Thanks dude! It's been an incredible 3 years since we won that award! So proud of that album. I was terrified of writing a follow up as that album means so much to me. #2 is shaping up to be something truly special. So lucky I get to make music with lee and geoff". @Stu_ricardio. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Gaze, Lee (13 June 2019). "Jamie left two years ago to focus on his art. Mike hasn't left, he's busy working his business and didn't work on this record with us. Having said that, it's an open door and they may we'll play shows or show up on the next album. We are all friends". @street_trash2. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
- Carter, Emily (1 July 2015). "No Devotion Announce Debut Album, Permanence". Kerrang!. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Addition | No Devotion". No Devotion. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Permanent Sunlight - No Devotion | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 March 2017.