Geoff Rickly is a busy, busy man. When he’s not releasing the next wave of landmark punk and hardcore records from bands like Touché Amoré, Saves The Day, and Title Fight on his label, Collect Records, singing for Strangelight, his solo project, or the mysterious hardcore supergroup United Nations, he’s apparently been working on material with yet another musical outfit, No Devotion. The new group, which also includes former members of the now-defunct Welsh alternative-rock outfit Lostprophets, have announced the pending release of their debut EP, 10,000 Summers. Additionally, No Devotion released the eponymous single off the EP, which is due out on Collect October 27, yesterday.
According to Rickly and company, the group draws influence from groundbreaking new-wave/industrial/goth bands like New Order, Joy Division, and the Cure. Even the group’s moniker seems demonstrative of this notion, which is of interest because Rickly has been known to stay more toward the hardcore side of alternative music, as opposed to embracing dance-oriented, industrial material.
Though the group has yet to perform live in the US, its existence and new music still appear to be generating a fair amount of buzz. Rickly, who gained notoriety by singing for the seminal screamo exemplar Thursday, has refused to go the way of many of his contemporaries by remaining active and relevant in the alternative music scene; he’s done this by working with bands at the forefront of hardcore—as well as those from his hometown scene who are beginning to wane in popularity and activity—in his capacity as the founder of Collect Records.
As for the rest of No Devotion, the group is comprised of five-sixths of what used to be the famed Welsh rock group Lostprophets which, after years of inaction, was dragged back into the public eye under the dubious circumstances of child-molestation accusations being leveled at frontman Ian Watkins. After a very public trial—replete with predatory tabloid coverage, remorseless and lurid statements from Watkins himself, and the purposed and explicit distancing of the band from their former singer—Watkins found himself sentenced to 35 years in prison.
No Devotion will make their debut as a live band at Brooklyn’s Glasslands the day after their new EP drops. They’ll be headlining the show, supported by Creepoid, Black Clouds, and Ricky Eat Acid.