No Devotion drummer, Luke Johnson announced earlier in the day that he has departed from the band. In a statement to fans, the drummer revealed that after two years with the group, who have yet to release a debut album, just a couple of tracks since their formation, he had decided it was his time to leave.
“No Devotion has been an integral part of my daily life for the last two years. It comes with great sadness to announce that after the NYC show on October 28th 2014 I parted ways with No Devotion. This was a very difficult decision to make; we have been through a lot together. Love ‘em like brothers! I’d like to say a big thank you to all the people that continue to support me, especially the Fans! Much love and Respect!”
A few hours after Johnson announced the news, the rest of No Devotion took to Facebook to release their own joint statement about the departure. In the statement, they reveal Johnson had gone to them a while back to tell them that he would not be able to fulfill his commitment to No Devotion.
Matt Tong, formerly of Bloc Party will be replacing Johnson for the remainder of the recording sessions while Phil Jenkins of Kids in Glass Houses will take over the drum kit during upcoming shows.
Read the band’s statement below.
“To clarify this morning’s news: A few months back, Luke approached us with the concern that he would be unable to fulfill commitments to No Devotion moving forward. It was sad to hear, because we’ve obviously been on quite the journey together over the past five years. We didn’t say anything publicly, because deep down we hoped he’d change his mind.
Matt Tong (formerly of Bloc Party) stepped in to fill in on drums for the remainder of recording, and Phil Jenkins from Kids in Glass Houses will be joining us for our upcoming shows.
We wish Luke all the best, and are looking forward to seeing everyone in this new year.”
No Devotion formed after the demise of Lostprophets two years ago with the remaining members of the defunct band and Thursday frontman, Geoff Rickly. As of now, the band have only released a handful of song while a debut record is currently in the works, like the band statement hints at.