In 2013 when Lostprophets front-man Ian Watkins was convicted of child sex offenses, it left a huge mark on the remaining members. Even though they were oblivious to Watkins’ crimes, it was difficult to remove the association. Now, things seem to be moving forward.
Ex-Lostprophets bassist Stuart Richardson and Geoff Rickly from Thursday recently discussed their band, No Devotion, with NME. Rickly said that in 2014, it felt like they always had to bring Watkins up, but after doing so recently, they were told that it was unnecessary because it was in the past.
Of the reaction, Rickly said: “We’re allowed to move on? And everybody’s like, ‘Please move on, nobody wants to think about that anymore'”, which suits the band just fine. When they formed after the Lostprophets split, they were told that “we wouldn’t be on the radio, we wouldn’t be in print, we wouldn’t be at festivals” but, with a debut album on the way and a recent slot at Reading and Leeds, they’ve proven those people wrong. No Devotion’s debut Permanence will be out on September 25, but you can check out their latest single, “Permanent Sunlight”, below.