Archive for Lostprophets

Former LostProphets vocalist Ian Watkins hints at paedophilic tendencies in video interview

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 12th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

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Vocalist of the now disbanded LostProphets, Ian Watkins, recently admitted to a string of crimes which include the attempted rape of a baby and sexual assault of a 13 year old girl. In 2010, the band did an interview with social networking site Myspace and in hindsight, the video interview becomes deeply disturbing when Watkins answers the question “What is your guilty pleasure?”, asked by a user known as Babygirl, with “You just answered it.” Watkins then changes his answer to smack. The question and answer can be heard around the 6 minute mark in the video below.

LostProphets tour manager makes statement about recent Ian Watkins trial

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 27th November 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

George Davidson, tour manager for Welsh alt. rockers LostProphets made a statement regarding the recent Ian Watkins child sex trial via his Facebook page. The statement is as follows:

YOU THINK YOU KNOW SOMEONE BUT YOU REALLY DON’T. From 2001 – 2012 you trust in a person amongst a group of great people and the day comes when you are shown the true nature of a person. Its easy to just to brush away and try to forget the last 12 years of knowing Ian. That’s not going to happen to me or for the others that thought we knew him. We lived and breathed the same space together intensely for a long time and I would have NEVER predicted that this would have happened. We rode the wave of success together, all of us coming from humble backgrounds to flying around the world together. All experiencing the rush of seeing exotic places for the first time, meeting your rock n roll heroes, relentless touring, marriages, births & deaths together. Its a bond that for some is a fleeting, transient experience. Jumping from one band to another. For me it wasn’t like that, at least with Lostprophets it was never like that for me. I will never forget my times with this band. The Good, the Bad and now this the Ugly. The Ugly truth that Ian let us all down, his family, band mates, friends and fans across the world. I feel right now so angry, astonished and pissed off with him for what he did. I feel so sorry for his victims, the children he abused. I only hope those children can grow up without the taint of what he did to them clouding their futures. I would never attempt to excuse anything he did as I firmly believe he made his choices and now he will pay for them. Do I feel sorry for the accused woman and Ian? Right now, I don’t feel sorry for them at all. They were all complicit in allowing these horrific acts to happen. I don’t care how many drugs you have taken there is no excuse or reason for even contemplating, let alone carrying out what they did to those children. These people are sick and need help. I believe in the idea of forgiveness, and the goodness in people. It’s impossible to see any good in this situation except for fact that they where caught and therefore won’t abuse those children anymore. It’s hard to forgive them for this. Wether you knew him personally or just reading about this for the first time. How can you forgive someone for these crimes against the very innocent. My thoughts also keep going to his family and band mates. The future for all of them will be forever tarred with the memory of this betrayal. The fans will move on, taking down their posters, throwing out their LP albums and looking for the next rock saviour to admire. For his family and band it will be with them forever. My heart goes out to them all and their families. Lest we forget all those people come from a tight knit, proud and loving place. For them the shame will be something they will have to live with until they die. I however refuse to forget the great people, the great times and experiences I had with Lostprophets. The way they and their families welcomed me into their lives to help facilitate their dreams of becoming rock stars. Something they achieved where so many others had failed. Its something that can never be taken away from them. True the band is done, finished. Life goes on though. Everyone involved in Ian will move on, but today with a very heavy heart. I will never forget these events until the day I die. Its been an emotional day for me. Who would have ever thought it would have ended up like this!!!!!!F**K!!!!

 

Lostprophets–Weapons

Posted in CD, Rock with tags , , , , , on 20th June 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Lostprophets
Weapons
Released 2nd April
Alt. Rock
Released via Epic Records (UK)/Fearless Records (US)

Lostprophets have been one of the most successful alt. rock bands in the British music scene in the last decade, which has seen them receive several Kerrang awards and nominations and have two singles reach the top ten in the UK charts. Weapons, released earlier this year, is the fifth studio album from the Welsh alt. rockers.

Bring ‘Em Down begins in true Lostprophets fashion with a catchy riff and vocals that hook the listener’s ears almost instantly. The riffs prove to be hypnotic, blending several different alternative sounds together. The breakdown spins in a new, almost nu-metallic sound for the track, keeping it exciting. We Bring An Arsenal rings out previous stylings of previous Lostprophets releases with fresher influences and sounds. The chorus is very poignant, becoming one of the more memorable additions of the album. The keyboard opening of Another Shot is eerie yet enchanting, while the guitar sections and drum patterns belt out the typical LP sound that has made the band so famous (or infamous, depending how you look at it).

I’m a bit skeptical when it comes to songs that have “Jesus” in their title but Jesus Walks is a pretty cool track that radiates a very relaxed atmosphere through the guitars while the keyboards add a very lively sound to the song. A Song For Where I’m From takes a turn in the album, adding a different but enjoyable sound. The lyrics are still typically those you’d expect to find on any LP record. A Little Reminder That I’ll Never Forget is another track with a unique sound, especially in terms of the vocal work. The guitars add a new, fresh sound which displays the developing sound of the band.

The album is given an extra notch of heaviness and unique vocal melodies in the form Better Off Dead, a track that sounds like an old Papa Roach song mixed in with the fresher sound of Lostprophets. The bass and drum work really shines in this part of the album as well. Everything melds together brilliantly during Heart On Loan, bringing about some catchy keyboard sections and staunch bass work as well. The acoustic passages of Somedays blends perfectly with the soothing vocals and the keyboards add a subtle gentleness to the song.

Can’t Get Enough is the lengthy grand finale of Weapons. I’m not sure if majestic is the right word to describe this track as it contains some truly epic riffs and technical drum work, topped off with a beautiful use of vocals and even a sagaic use of keyboards. The track seems to embody everything musical about Lostprophets and then some. If I had to choose a favourite track from this album, Can’t Get Enough would be my first choice.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never truly been satisfied by any previous releases from Lostprophets, aside from the singles such as A Town Called Hypocrisy, Burn Burn and Rooftops, but after listening to Weapons, I think I might have found an album by the Welsh rockers that really has more than satisfied.

5/5

Nico Davidson

Lostprophets new album available for streaming on AOL plus other news

Posted in News with tags , , , on 19th June 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

After a busy spring which included extensive tours of the UKand Europe, chart-topping Welsh rockers Lostprophets are fired up and ready for their North American fans to finally hear Weapons, the band’s latest LP, which will be released by Fearless Records on June 19th.

Weapons is now streaming in its entirety on AOL Music here.

This summer, the band will join the long-running Vans Warped Tour, where they will play Main Stage from July 12-August 5.

“Warped Tour will remind everyone – old fans and new – how good it is having Lostprophets on these shores. It’s been a long time since aUK rock band has made a real impact inAmerica and we’re ready to carry that torch,” says frontman Ian Watkins.

Following the band’s Warped run, Lostprophets will embark on a string of west coast headline shows, kicking off August 7th in Sacramento, CA.

Lostprophets are also confirmed to headline the Warped Tour’s long-awaited return to theUK in November.

Formed in Pontypridd, South Wales, the Welsh rock band have made their mark on both sides of the Atlanticwith their blend of strong melodic choruses and aggressively edged rock. Through four previous albums – 2000’s fakesoundofprogress, 2004’s Start Something, 2006’s Liberation Transmission, and 2010’s The Betrayed – the band has grown, both in songwriting and success, stacking up a dozen or so top 40 singles and selling over 3 million albums worldwide.  Recipients of Kerrang! Magazine‘s 2010’s Classic Songwriters Award, Lostprophets have become one of theU.K.’s biggest rock bands, gracing countless magazine covers and headlining stages at Reading/Leeds and Download Festivals.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

Jun 23- London, UK @ BBC Radio 1 Hackey Weekend
Jun 24- Roeser Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Herchesfeld- Roeser Luxembourg
Jun 26- Trms Fylke, Norway @ Hove Festival
Jun 27- Sopron, Hungary @ Volt Festival
Jul 02- Dresden, Germany @ Schlachthof
Jul 03- Schoppenstedt, Germany @ Eventhalle
Jul 04- Dortmund, Germany @ FZW
Jul 06- Milan, Italy @ Heineken Jammin’ Festival
Jul 08- Amneville, France @ Sonisphere

VANS WARPED TOUR 2012

July 12 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagra Pavillion
July 13 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheater
July 15 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
July 17 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 19 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
July 20 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 21 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 22 – Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
July 24 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 25 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 26 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood
July 27 – Orlando, FL @ Cenral FL Fairgrounds
July 28 – Miami, FL @ Cruzan Ampitheater
July 29 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
July 30 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
July 31 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 01 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Ampitheater
Aug 04 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Ampitheater
Aug 05 – Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Riverfront

LOSTPROPHETS WEAPONS HOT WEST COAST

August 7 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
August 8 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
August 10 – Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
August 11 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
August 12 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, CA
August 14 – Martini Ranch – Scottsdale, AZ