No Devotion: ‘We can’t listen to Lostprophets anymore’

Former members of band say their music is now tainted by Ian Watkins' crimes

No Devotion, the new band formed by ex-members of Lostprophets, say they can no longer listen to the music they made with disgraced frontman Ian Watkins.

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was arrested in 2012, and later pleaded guilty to 13 charges including the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. He was subsequently sentenced to 29 years in prison. His former bandmates announced their split in October last year, before the end of Watkins’ trial.

Speaking to The Guardian in a new interview published today (July 11), guitarist Lee Gaze said: “I can’t [listen]. It’s tainted, because he was the voice of the band, and it was his lyrics.”

The band’s former bass player Stuart Richardson also revealed he’d smashed a platinum disc he’d been given after the success of their third album ‘Liberation Transmission’ and was sure Watkins’ actions would negate Lostprophets’ music.

He said: “I don’t know how his badness can’t cancel out our music. 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.”

Gaze and Richardson, along with fellow former Lostprophets members Jamie Oliver, Luke Johnson and Mike Lewis formed No Devotion earlier this year with singer Geoff Rickly. They release their debut single ‘Stay’ this month.

A full interview with No Devotion will appear in next week’s NME, available digitally and on newsstands from Wednesday (July 16).