The members of Welsh band Lostprophets have tentatively started making new music together following the conviction and sentencing of former frontman Ian Watkins on multiple child sex crime charges. According to Radio Cardiff, singer Geoff Rickly of the punk actThursday revealed he was working with the group, saying, “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, because, like, people don’t really think of what happens to the other members, but that. That took away their life.”
- Rickly added, “What happened is just devastating for them. I mean really, here in Wales, so many people have personal interaction with those guys . . . they are such good people.”
- Rickly did not confirm whether he would sing with the band, but stated that he would be helping them through his record label, saying, “It’s been my honor to work with them on their new band from a label perspective.”
- Rickly said that the unnamed project sounds like “a little bit of New Order, little bit of Joy Division, little bit of The Cure, it’s just so forward thinking.”
- Rickly said that he did not know Watkins very well, explaining, “He was always a bit of a rock star to me, so I just kind of stayed clear.”
- Watkins was sentenced to 29 years in prison and six years probation for various sex crimes involving abuse of minors and infants as well as child pornography. Just prior to his sentencing, Lostprophets announced the end of the band.
- The group released five albums and scored a Number One hit in 2004 with “Last Train Home.”