Geoff Rickly “Poisoned and Robbed” in Germany

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Poor Geoff Rickly cannot catch a break. Last week, the former Thursday head-honcho received a lot of backlash when it was revealed that the “Internet’s Most Hated Man,” Martin Shkreli, was a major investor in his record label, Collect Records. Following the backlash, he quickly revealed that he had cut all ties with Shkreli which may mean the end of the record label.

But if that wasn’t enough, over the weekend, the No Devotion frontman was reportedly poisoned and robbed in Germany. No Devotion was scheduled to perform at Rock Cafe St. Pauli as part of the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg on Friday (Sept. 25), when the incident took place outside the venue. As one can image, the show was cancelled and Rickly was taken to the hospital.

Taking to Instagram, Rickly recounted what happened. He reveals that due to the incident he had to spend the night at the hospital forcing the group to miss their show that night. But, it appears that Rickly has recovered nicely and in a timely manner because No Devotion made it to their show in Paris on Sunday (Sept. 27). According to travelers, the poisoning of tourists’ drinks is a quite common occurrence since it allows those doing the poisoning to rob them without that much of a hassle.

Rickly’s post can be seen below.

Even with this unfortunate incident which sadly is not the first time Rickly has been robbed (he was robbed at gunpoint in New York City in 2013), No Devotion will continue on their previously announced tours which continues tonight at The Portland Arms in Cambridge. Following a few more European stops, the group will head over to the United States for a couple of Northeast tour stops. Full tour dates can be seen on the band’s Facebook page.

No Devotion’s debut album, Permanence was released last Friday, Sept. 25.

Geoff Rickly’s Collect Records Severs Ties with Douche Pharmaceutical CEO

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Geoff Rickly’s Collect Records has found itself in some hot water when the identity of one of its major investors was uncovered. The Thursday frontman revealed that one of the major investors in his record label was “World’s Most Hated Man,” Martin Shkreli. For those who are not familiar with Shkreli’s name, his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, is the one that recently purchased the rights to Daraprim, a medication used to help treat malaria and infections suffered by HIV-positive patients.

With the acquisition, Shkreli pulled a “dick move” and increased the price of the medications from $13.50 a tablet to $750; a 5,000 percent increase. Backlash soon reached an all-time high resulting in Shkreli, reportedly, lowering the price.

Originally, Rickly spoke with Noisey about it and expressed his surprise and regret that someone who invested in his record label would act in such a manner. “My head is still spinning, and though I want to believe that there is some reason that [Shkreli] would do this that is some remotely positive way, the only thing I can see is that it is totally and completely heartbreaking,” he said. Rickly added that Shkreli’s greedy decision might force the record label to close.

Since the news broke overnight about this, Rickly has finally spoken out in detail about what will happen. In a statement, Rickly has revealed that he has severed ties with the hedge fund manager with full support from the artists signed to Collect.

“Today, Collect Records — with the support and encouragement of all of our artists — have agreed to fully sever our relationship with Martin Shkreli, effective immediately.

When I decided to get into business with Martin, we took him on as a patron. He was completely silent and allowed us to do business as we pleased. His only ask was that we sign bands that we believed could make great art given the right environment and not to focus on a profit, no matter how dire the bottom line.  

Never in a million years did any of us expect to wake up to the news of the scandal that he is now involved in. It blindsided and upset us on every level. As such, we know it is impossible for us to continue having any ties with him. For my part, I’ve always strived to make Collect a place that was so liberal, encouraging, and artist-friendly that no one would ever walk away from us willingly, though to do so at any time would be very easy. To that end, I hope that our bands continue to believe in our guidance and passion. Any of them that have had an incurable crisis of confidence will be allowed to leave with nothing but the kind of encouragement that we’ve built our label on. 

For all the kind words of encouragement that I’ve received over the past two days, I’m forever grateful.

From all here at Collect Records, thank you.”

Rickly’s decision to cut off all ties with Shkreli comes on the heels several of the label’s artists speaking about leaving the label. Dominic Palermo of Nothing told Noisey that his band “will never be a part of a label that involves Martin.” He also went onto Facebook to post a long post about this, even though he said he would remain loyal to Rickly.

Label mates Sick Feeling mirrored the sentiments when they spoke to Fader about the incident. “One thing is clear; as long as he has a part in the label, we, Sick Feeling, cannot. Our experience with Geoff, Norm, and Shaun has been nothing but positive, however, we cannot continue to work with Collect as long as Martin Shkreli has any part in it.”

At least something is looking up for Rickly. His new band, No Devotion, will be releasing their new album Permanence this Friday, Sept. 25.

No Devotion to Headline U.K. Tour in January

No Devotion to support Gerard Way on UK tour

It’s been a year since the creation of No Devotion, and the band are already planning on heading out on a headlining tour in January.

The band which features former members of the now tarnished and defunct Lostprophets as well as Thursday frontman, Geoff Rickly have revealed a handful of tour dates in the United Kingdom for January 2015.

The tour will begin on Jan. 19 in Bristol at The Fleece and wrap up a few days later in London at the O2 Academy Brixton.

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will be opening for them on selected dates including Birmingham, Southampton, and Reading.

Tour dates can be seen below.

NO DEVOTION 2015 UK TOUR DATES:

Jan. 19 – Bristol @ The Fleece

Jan. 20 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy

Jan. 21 – Southampton @ O2 Guildhall

Jan. 22 – Reading @ The Bowery District

Jan. 23 – London @ O2 Academy Brixton

While No Devotion has released three tracks, the band have yet to formally announced the release date for their debut record. They have, though, released a special Singles 2014 boxset, which includes 12” versions of their previously released songs including “Stay” and “10,000 Summers.”

No Devotion Release Video for “Eyeshadow”

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It’s been a few months since the remaining members of Lostprophets joined forces with Thursday’s Geoff Rickly to create a new band named No Devotion. Since announcing the formation of the band, Rickly and company have unveiled two songs from the group.

The first song, “Stay” was released on a 12-inch through Rickly’s record label, Collect Records. On the B-side of the record, the group released another track titled “Eyeshadow” which has now gotten the music video treatment.

As of now, there has been no word on a full length album, but we can assume one is coming soon since it was just confirmed that No Devotion will be heading out on tour with Neon Trees for their “First Things First Tour.”

In addition to the Neon Trees tour, No Devotion have announced a couple of headlining tour dates which can be seen below.

NO DEVOTION TOUR DATES (with NEON TREES and SOLO DATES):

SEPTEMBER
29 – Bakersfield, CA – Fox Theater *
30 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory *

OCTOBER
02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy +
04 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock +
05 – Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theater *
06 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater *
07 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *
09 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium *
11 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club +
12 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar +
14 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter +
15 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe +
17 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino *
18 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino *
19 – Clive, IA – Seven Flags Event Center *
21 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom *
22 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom *
24 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe +
25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose +
26 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy +
28 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands +

* = supporting Neon Trees
+ = headlining dates

Former Lostprophets Members Form New Band

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When Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins was arrested for last year and tried earlier this year, fans and non-fans of Lostprophets had spoken out about how no one should support the band because Watkins would still be making money off of the band. Many pointed out that that kind of thinking and of course Watkins arrest and imprisonment reflected negative on the band that had nothing to do with his disgusting crimes. 

Now, the other members of Lostprophets have finally made the decision to move on from the band that helped make a name for them to another that could be a fresh start for them (you can read the full press statement about the formation below).

The former members, Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson, and Luke Johnson  have formed a new band with Thursday’s vocalist, Geoff Rickly. 
The newly-formed band has been named No Devotion and set to release their new song, “Stay” as a 12-inch single on Rickly’s label, Collect Records.

“This is a story that starts with an ending. An atypical story for modern music, this is a tragedy that isn’t mythologized, a drama that couldn’t have been manufactured.

In this story, a popular band does not rediscover friendship to deliver the best album of their careers. The story of No Devotion truly has no precedent.

By now, most people—or at least most anyone reading this—know what happened to Lostprophets, the Welsh sextet whose multiplatinum, fifteen-year career died instantly with the horrific actions of its former lead singer. What most people haven’t seemed to consider, however, is how the lives of the band’s remaining members—Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, and Stuart Richardson—were profoundly impacted.

Harshly uprooted from their settled lives and careers, their own notions of trust and betrayal tested beyond measure, there was never going to be an ending in which everything could simply go back to where it was before.

“We didn’t know if we would ever make music again,” Richardson recalls, “if people would look us in the face. Everything felt like it was over.”

There was a long period of reflection, a sort of self-preservation for themselves and their families. And then, the music did come, albeit not like before.

By the time they approached former Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly with a batch of instrumental tracks, an updated creative template had been forged and the singer’s famously eclectic musical interests—which he spent the last few years exploring as both a solo artist and as a member of United Nations—somehow perfectly aligned with this new direction.

“To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets,” Rickly admits. “But with this music, we speak a common language. You don’t really grow out of punk, you grow with it. To my mind, post-punk was about taking a more sophisticated approach to that sound, and I think we all have a shared respect for that era of modern music.”

After much consideration, Rickly agreed to front the new project. In light of the recent controversy, no one believed that this was an easy request.

“I had always liked these guys in passing: they’re funny and self-aware. I didn’t think it was fair, what was happening to them. And, well, the music was too good to pass up,” he says, simply.

Which is to say that this story is not so much about alienation as it is about connection, and it’s not about redemption as much as personal reclamation. No Devotion provided a vehicle for its members to become themselves again, and the two songs that comprise this, their debut 12-inch for Collect Records, were the fuel.

“We didn’t know what else to do,” Richardson explains. “We just wrote music. I didn’t know if anyone would ever want to hear it, I didn’t know if anyone ever would hear it. I just needed to occupy my brain.” He pauses, then adds, “We just needed this.”

The song is currently up on iTunes for sale, as well as the B-side , “Eyeshadow.”