Last week, we uncovered that the remaining members of Lostprophets had joined Thursday’s Geoff Rickly to create a new band named No Devotion.
In the wake of the Ian Watkins chronicles where he plead guilty to 13 charges including attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under the age of 13, the four remaining members of the Welsh band were left with a tarnished band name.
In turn, they announced back in October that the band were splitting up in the midst of Watkins’ trial.
In an interview with The Guardian, it was revealed how much Watkins’ 29 year sentencing affected the band. It was so bad that guitarist Lee Gaze revealed he can’t listen to anything the band had put out.
“I can’t [listen]. It’s tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics.”
The band’s former bassist, Stuart Richardson was so affected by the turn of events that he smashed a platinum disc that was given to each member in celebration of 2006’s Liberation Transmission platinum status.
“I don’t know how his badness can’t cancel out our music,” Richardson began. “We had platinum records in our houses, awards…I smashed Liberation Transmission the other day. The rest are in the garage and they’ll probably never come out again.”
But not all things are bad. In order to distance themselves from the damaged Lostprophets name, No Devotion which not only features Gaze and Richardson, but also Jamie Oliver, Luke Johnson and Mike Lewis, is set to release their debut album, Stay later this month. The newly formed band had released their first single last week, the same day they revealed the creation of the group.