It has been heavily rumoured for a couple of months
now that ex-Thursday front man Geoff Rickly has
teamed up with Welsh rockers Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis,
Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson and Luke Johnson
from the Lostprophets and now those rumours have
been proven to be true as the six piece have just
announced their new project No Devotion, their
debut single ‘Stay’ and a handful
of tour dates for later in the month.
When the Lostprophets came to a bitter end towards
the end of 2012 due to front man Ian Watkins arrest
for child sex offences and then his conviction
a year later the rest of the band members released
a joint statement calling it a day on the Lostprophets
whilst also sharing their shock at what had been
happening behind their backs.
Both the band members and their fans thought their
music careers were over for good but they continued
to write and record music and after a little while
they got in contact with their friend Geoff Rickly
who jumped at the chance to front the band and
just like that No Devotion were born.
‘Stay’ features elements of all the
band members previous band’s yet sounds
more Thursday than it does Lostprophets been even
then it so different from anything Thursday have
really done in the past. The song is a dreamy
sounding synth driven radio friendly pop-rock
number which really comes alive when the chorus
kicks in and Geoff Rickly really lets rip with
his distinctive vocals.
During my teenage years I used to listen to a
lot of Thursday and Lostprophets so for me the
teaming of the two is great news and works extremely
well but even more so I feel happy for Lee Gaze,
Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson and
Luke Johnson that after everything was taken away
from them so harshly that they have a second coming.
On first listen ‘Stay’ may well come
as a shock to your ears but trust me the more
you listen to it the more you start to understand
the song and appreciate the excellence of it.
Check the song out for yourself below.
No Devotion - Stay
Review by Trigger