Rumors have arisen regarding a new project consisting of members from two now-defunct bands: Thursday and Lostprophets. Ex-Thursday vocalist Geoff Rickly was interviewed on Radio Cardiff where he discussed his involvement in the project:
“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.
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 and Mike and Lee—like they are such good people, ya know what I mean?
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.
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.”
Of course, Rickly was asked about the elephant in the room regarding ex-Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins and his charges of child sex offenses:
“It’s funny, I’ve only been friends with the other members, I never knew the main guy. He was always a bit of a rockstar to me, so I just kinda stayed clear. But the other guys were like, ya know, share a beer with ya, just talk about music, talk about life, talk about your family. I think a bunch of us we’re all the guys who got married real young on the road. So the party lifestyle wasn’t for us and that was it. We would could kind of stick together, all the family men.”
Whatever you might have thought of Lostprophets’ actual music, it’d be good to see its non-incarcerated former members keeping busy after dealing with a whirlwind of shit. They deserve a second chance, and even if Rickly is only dealing with their next project from a label standpoint (which some rumors suggest), it will be interesting to see what happens next with them.