No Devotion, the new indie-rock endeavor fronted by former Thursday and United Nations vocalist Geoff Rickly that also includes the remaining members of the former UK multi-platinum-selling band Lostprophets, are excited to announce their upcoming fall tour dates. The band will be out supporting Neon Trees on a number of select dates beginning on Monday, September 29 in Bakersfield, CA and including additional cities such as Phoenix, AZ on Monday, October 5, Omaha, NE on October 9, Wichita, KS on Tuesday, October 21 and Oklahoma City, OK 0n Wednesday, October 22. Additionally, No Devotion will be making headlining appearances in major markets such as Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, October 2, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, October 4, Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 11, Toronto, ON on Wednesday, October 15, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, October 26 and Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday, October 28. A full listing of No Devotion’s upcoming support and headlining dates can be found below, and information on tickets can be found on the band’s official website, http://www.nodevotion.com.
In anticipation of the upcoming tour, No Devotion have also released the music video for their song “Eyeshadow,” the b-side to the band’s recently released single “Stay.” Directed by Liza de Guia, the music video for “Eyeshadow” was shot across the band’s recent critically lauded debut tour of the UK and is now premiering over at Noisey.com HERE. “Stay” and “Eyeshadow” are now available on 12″ vinyl through Collect Records as well as digitally through iTunes HERE.
This is a story that starts with an ending. An atypical story for modern music, this is a tragedy that isn’t mythologized, a drama that couldn’t have been manufactured. In this story, a popular band does not rediscover friendship to deliver the best album of their careers. The story of No Devotion truly has no precedent.
By now, most people – or at least most anyone reading this – know what happened to Lostprophets, the Welsh sextet whose multi-platinum, fifteen-year career died instantly with the horrific actions of its former lead singer. What most people haven’t seemed to consider, however, is how the lives of the band’s remaining members – Lee Gaze, Luke Johnson, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, and Stuart Richardson – were profoundly impacted. Harshly uprooted from their settled lives and careers, their own notions of trust and betrayal tested beyond measure, there was never going to be an ending in which everything could simply go back to where it was before.
“We didn’t know if we would ever make music again,” Richardson recalls, “if people would look us in the face. Everything felt like it was over.”
There was a long period of reflection, a sort of self-preservation for themselves and their families. And then, the music did come, albeit not like before.
By the time they approached former Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly with a batch of instrumental tracks, an updated creative template had been forged and the singer’s famously eclectic musical interests – which he spent the last few years exploring as both a solo artist and as a member of United Nations – somehow perfectly aligned with this new direction.
“To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets,” Rickly admits. “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.”
After much consideration, Rickly agreed to front the new project. In light of the recent controversy, no one believed that this was an easy request.
“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,” he says, simply.
Which is to say that this story is not so much about alienation as it is about connection, and it’s not about redemption as much as personal reclamation. No Devotion provided a vehicle for its members to become themselves again, and the two songs that comprise this, their debut 12-inch for Collect Records, were the fuel.
“We didn’t know what else to do,” Richardson explains. “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.” He pauses, then adds, “We just needed this.”
No Devotion will be making the following North American appearances throughout September and October. Tour dates below.
29 – Bakersfield, CA – Fox Theater *
30 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory *
02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy +
04 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl at Hard Rock +
05 – Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theater *
06 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater *
07 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *
09 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium *
11 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club +
12 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar +
14 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter +
15 – Toronto, ON – The Horseshoe +
17 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino *
18 – Harris, MI – Island Resort & Casino *
19 – Clive, IA – Seven Flags Event Center *
21 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom *
22 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom *
24 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe +
25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose +
26 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy +
28 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands +
* = supporting Neon Trees
+ = headlining dates
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