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Lostprophets Return As No Devotion After Ian Watkins' Child Sex Offences Conviction (VIDEO)

01/07/2014 15:31 BST | Updated 01/07/2014 15:59 BST

Ian Watkins’ former band Lostprophets have made their return as No Devotion, a new act fronted by singer Geoff Rickly.

The Former Lostprophets frontman is currently serving a 35 year sentence, following his conviction for child sex offences in 2013.

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No Devotion

Lee Gaze, Stuart Richardson, Mike Lewis, Luke Johnson and Jamie Oliver took a six month hiatus after Ian’s conviction and now they’ve recruited American musician Geoff to front their new band.

The ex-Thursday singer has revealed that he hadn’t heard of Lostprophets when they asked him to join them as part of No Devotion.

“To be honest, I never really listened to Lostprophets,” he said. “But with this music we speak a common language. 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.”

No Devotion have unveiled their first new song and they’ll also set off on tour later this month.

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Ian Watkins in 2009

Months after Ian’s sentencing, guitarists Lee and Mike spoke for the first time, with Mike stating: “I feel incredibly bad for his mother and his whole family and the stigma they have to endure now because of what he’s done and what his actions have done to hurt many people.

“But I have no interest in questioning him about it. Never.”

“I don’t think I’d get the answers I wanted,” Lee said, when asked if he would visit Ian in jail. “And I don’t know what knowing answers to certain questions would give me now, either.”

Ian pleaded guilty to 12 child sex offences, including two counts of attempting to rape a baby, in December 2013. He is currently serving a 29 year sentence, with six years on licence.

Listen to No Devotion’s debut track below...

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