Lostprophets Members Form New Band With Former Thursday Singer

"I want to be a part of their second chance," Geoff Rickly explains.

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Ex-Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly confirmed that the rumors circulating the music world about him joining forces with Lostprophets members are true.

Chatting with Radio Cardiff, Geoff noted (via PRP), "I've been talking to the remaining members of that band, because they're really good guys. I really want to be a part of what they do.

"I want to be a part of their second chance," the vocalist continued. "Because, like, people don't really think of what happens to the other members, but that. That took away their life. They had to give up their career, they had to give up everything that they had worked for 15-17 years for.

"They had no idea what was going on, it hit them so hard. Like I would talk to them on days they wouldn't want to get out of bad. And they're all fathers. You know, what happened, what happened is just devastating for them. I mean really, here in Wales, so many people have personal interaction with those guys and know that people like Stu [Richardson] and Mike [Lewis] and Lee [Gaze] - they are such good people."

Focusing on the new band, Geoff explained, "So yeah I've heard that rumor too, but like it's been my honor to work with them on their new band from a label perspective. And it's just so good man, people are not going to know what hit them when the new band comes out, it's like everything I grew up on, like little bit of New Order; little bit of Joy Division; little bit of the Cure; like it's just so forward-thinking. And it also like ... All the roots are everything I've ever loved from goth music."

In conclusion, the singer added, "It's just really cool man. I think like if ever there was a group of people that needed a second chance it's those guys and they're going to take full advantage of it. I'm really proud of them."

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    Never really liked this band, but i'm glad the members aren't giving up on their music just because of their old band mate. Nice one!
    I'm the same really. I honestly believe that the other members deserve a chance. They can't be put down over their former band members crime.
    I'm glad that they are starting a new band excluding disgusting people... I hope that they can forget about what happened and move on with this new band.
    Geoff is an awesome vocalist and a legend. The ex-Lostprophets guys (besides that piece of scum) all deserve another chance to get their music out there.
    What a nice guy Geoff is. Was never a huge fan of Thursday, but man oh man were they a HUGE influence on post-hardcore. He's going to make LP SO much better.
    I don't know if it's smart if they should continue in that soiled name.
    They may change their name, because I can't see them carry on under the name of Lostprophets. Many people know about what happened because it was nearly everywhere.
    True. I never even heard of Lostprophets till Ian Watkin's kiddie fiddling became a public fiasco. If anything, Geoff will bring a bit of a crossover to bring them to America; Thursday was one of the seminal American post-hardcore band so Geoff has quite some power behind him in terms of legitimacy in the scene. A different name will help them avoid the stigma from what most Americans know about Lostprophets and make us focus more on the music; whether it sucks or not is yet to be seen but I hope for the best.
    Mr Winters
    Glad they aren't quitting music. They don't deserve having their career and life ruined for what Ian did.
    When I first read about this, I was really surprised. After what... he did... it seemed that the other members would have had a difficult time getting back into the music industry without that cloud hovering over their heads. It's great to see that they are carrying on. Hopefully people will accept that the rest of the band had nothing to do with Watkins' actions and leave the rest of the band in peace. Wonder if they'll change their name like AILD. Anyway, good luck to them!
    Well here's one lineup change about which I'm pretty sure no one will say "omg no (member kicked out), no (band)". You know, like with Ozzy and Black Sabbath back in the day.
    And Ian is trying to reform his anus from every single shower-rape he's gone through these last months
    I don't really like their music, but I'm glad that they are starting to move on with their lives after all the stressful shit that Watkins put them through. Can't even put myself in their shoes. Best of luck to you all, mates.
    Thrice Capades
    Thursday and Thrice were huge influences on me growing up, not only for their musical styles but their truly deep and pointed lyrics. Geoff Rickly's energy, wisdom and talent will be a GIGANTIC boost for this band. And now that I'm hearing it's New Order inspired, I think we might get to hear some of the best new music in a while. Definitely looking forward to this.
    And Ian Watkins is going to form a prison band with Steve Klein…..on a serious note they should change their name to start fresh. The LP name is going to have a bad stigma attached to it because of Ian so they should really change it up.
    Geoff Rickly is an awesome vocalist. I'm looking forward to hearing what they do... sounds promising though.
    They better drop their current name though, and start over with a fresh palate with the new singer.
    Section 5
    Don't know much about this new singer, but I always felt really sorry for the other members of Lostprophets who ultimately had their legacy tarnished due to the reprehensible actions of Watkins. Hopefully they can carve out a new place for themselves, and good luck to them.
    Like they didn't know what Watkins was doing...JEEEZ
    Yes, he was molesting kids in front of them and had pedoparties backstage. It's not so hard to hide your personal life from a bunch of guys you only hang out at work, and that's the relationship they had. One of the band was a scum, the others don't need to be blacklisted. I for once am glad this happened, they're good musicians and the concept sounds awesome.
    21st century Rule n1: Do NOT trust anyone... I wouldn't be surprised if any of those guys have helped him...
    you don't seem to get it, do you?
    "21st century Rule n1: Do NOT trust anyone..." There goes all your credibility, tinfoil hatman.
    That's right, "don't trust anyone". Which is perfect reason for Watkins to not share about his pedophilia to his bandmates.
    "I wouldn't be surprised if any of those guys have helped him..." WHAT?!?!? And your evidence is... ????
    Pretty cool they're doing this! They should absolutely continue to create music and not have what Ian TWATkins did, prevent them from continuing to make music!
    I hope everyone else can move on from the awful stigma left on the band by Watkins, the rest of them deserve to go on in their careers without that looming over them.
    Pretty stoked for whats to come next. The lostprophets instrumentalist can craft up really kickass tunes and that sided with geoff's depth and passion is hopefully gonna deliver a really good LP (hopefully not the lulu of the posthardcore realm tho)
    now listening to some Thursday and my god his vocals are so weak. They almost fall out of the song.
    Geoff is a really great guy. I met him last year and got to talk with him about Thursday and how the band changed both of our lives, him being the singer and me being the kid who grew up listening to them for the last 13 years. He will bring the good stuff with his vox on these guys songs, no doubt. Hopefully it's as intense as his vox in Thursday.
    I think this really combines the best elements of both bands. I look forward to hearing what they can do!
    Im glad they dropped the "Lost Prophets" name. they were smart on that since that name was going to haunt them until the end of their careers. better to start a new band from scratch and hope all the fans that still respect them contribute to their new success. lets just hope not many asshat interviewers bring up watkins in the future since their clearly trying to forget that he even exists.
    Good call. They deserve to keep going without all this bullshit following them. And Thursday is starting to get that "tumblr nostalgia boost", so the timing could be worse.