No Devotion, the band comprising former Lostprophets members Mike Lewis, Lee Gaze, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson and Luke Johnson alongside Thursday singer Geoff Rickly has released their debut single. The track, titled "Stay" is available through Collect Records, Blabbermouth reports.
As Rickly reports, he had never listened to Lostprophets' music, but was won over by his and the band members' shared interest in post-punk:
"To be honest, I never really listened to lostprophets 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."
He also noted that joining the band took much consideration, because of the controversy associated with former frontman Ian Watkins.
"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."
As Stuart Richardson notes, writing music was a way that the former Lostprophets members were able to come to terms with Watkins' horrific actions:
"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 ever would hear it. I just needed to occupy my brain. We just needed this."
No Devotion are set to begin touring in the UK at the end of July.