Ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly was recently interviewed by Morgan Richards on Radio Cardiff (see below) and was asked about the long-running rumors of his involvement with a new group featuring former members of Lostprophets.
While he wasn’t directly asked if he would be singing for the outfit—as earlier rumors have suggested—he did confirm that he will be involved with them as part of his record label venture. On that he offered:
“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.”
In regards to ex-Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins—who is currently serving a decades long prison sentence for child sex related crimes—Rickly said of his interactions with him:
“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.”
Rickly also said during the chat that his other outfit United Nations would be releasing a “new” full-length later this year. It will be comprised of various tracks that saw limited releases over the years, thanks to lawsuits from the real United Nations intergovernmental organization. It will be available as a vinyl box set on Temporary Residence Ltd. later on in the year.