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Album: Permanence (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This beat-driven track is the debut single from No Devotion, a band formed by the remaining members of Lostprophets after singer Ian Watkins was jailed for 35 years in December 2013 for a string of child sex offenses. Bassist Stuart Richardson said: "We didn't know if we would ever make music again or if people would look us in the face. Everything felt like it was over."
  • Watkins is replaced by Geoff Rickly, formerly of Metal band Thursday and current United Nations member. The original plan was for Rickly to make a documentary about Lostprophets' former members' efforts to start a new band. "Then," Rickly recalled to Billboard magazine, "I went to dinner with their manager and she was like 'No, you should sing for the new band.'"

    Unsure at first, some instrumental demos lured Rickly with a sound he'd never tackled before. "In Thursday we were never known for hooks," he told Billboard. "But the lyrics are totally one hundred percent autobiographical. I guess that's the one thing I've carried over from Thursday… United Nations is dark humor about politics; this is very sincere and heartfelt."
  • The song was mixed by Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann.

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