No Devotion – “Permanence”

Another great band I’ve recently discovered is No Devotion, an alternative rock supergroup formed by the four remaining former members of the Welsh band Lostprophets after their unfortunate demise – Lee Gaze, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Mike Lewis – and American singer Geoff Rickly (formerly of the bands Thursday and United Nations). Their sound has been compared to that of The Cure and New Order, and I hear a bit of Interpol as well. But their music surely stands on its own.  With lush, sweeping synth rock arrangements, compelling lyrics and Rickly’s beautiful soaring vocals, their debut album Permanence is, quite simply, a work of art. It’s easily one of the best albums of 2015, if not the past several years. It usually takes several listens for me to like a song, but I liked all of the songs on this album on the first or, at most, second listen. Now I love every single one of them.

I’d like to include every song in this post, but for the sake of brevity I’m sharing three of my favorites:

3 thoughts on “No Devotion – “Permanence”

  1. chuck jung

    3 interesting and completely different songs. Certainly shows they have a range in their music. Don’t recall the last time I heard a rock song with no vocals as in ” Death Rattle”. I am not a particular fan of rock music however I can appreciate their talent!

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    1. They’re a really great band that literally rose from the ashes. The lead singer of the previous band Lostprophets was convicted of child molestation and is now in prison. It was a terrible blow to the other 4 band members, who lost all they had worked for, so it’s very heartening that they’ve been able to produce such a good album and receive accolades and a loyal following in such a short time.


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