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SONG REVIEW: No Devotion, Stay

NO_DEVOTIONTITLE: Stay
BAND: No Devotion
LABEL: Collect Records
RELEASED: July 1st 2014

After the infamous Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins’ child pornography saga, which saw him jailed for 35 years, the remaining members of the band regretfully announced that Lostprophets’ fifteen year career was officially over. However, guitarists Lee Gaze and Mike Lewis, bassist Stuart Richardson, keyboardist Jamie Oliver and drummer Luke Johnson have risen from the ashes of their former band and joined Geoff Rickly of New Jersey post-hardcore band Thursday. The new creation is now known as No Devotion and they’ve just released their debut single Stay.

Channelling some classic rockers such as The Cure and Joy Division, the new sound is somewhat different from the alternative sound of Lostprophets. Geoff Rickly admits that he’d never listened to Lostprophets but felt that the band deserved another chance. Stuart Richardson said of the new project:

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

v3-no-devotionStay has some truly atmospheric synths and a throbbing beat that climaxes to an explosive chorus. Geoff’s vocals are the perfect match for the powerful emotional track, as they seem to soar above the steady riffs and crashing drums. A touch of 30 Seconds To Mars is also there which marks the big step away from their past. It’s the perfect song to yell at the top of your voice when you need to let out some angst which is exactly what the band seem to be doing.

Hear their new work for the first time by catching them on their short four-date tour at the end of the month beginning in Cardiff at the CF10 on July 22nd, moving to Manchester’s Sound Control on July 23rd, London’s Islington Academy on the 25th and ending at Glasgow’s ABC on the 26th.

Listen to Stay right here!

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