Posthumous Viola Beach album out next month

An album by indie band Viola Beach, who were tragically killed in a car crash in Sweden in February, will be released next month.

The young Warrington outfit, who had been due to open for Blossoms at Edinburgh’s Liquid Room in March before the horror accident, had been widely tipped for a bright future.

Tragically, they were killed along with their manager Craig Tarry when their car plunged off a bridge into a canal while on tour in Sweden  in the early hours of Saturday, February 13.

Viola Beach had their vacant slot in the Capital marked by a full audio recording of their live set at Lemington Spa.

The four-piece – singer Kris Leonard, 20, guitarist River Reeves, 19, drummer Jack Dakin, 19, and bass player Tomas Lowe, 27 – released their debut single Swings & Waterslides last year and had featured on BBC Introducing, which showcases the most promising up-and-coming artists.

Following a recent tribute concert in their hometown, a nine-track album will now be released on July 29, via the band’s own Fuller Beans Records label.

It will include the single Swings & Waterslides, which entered the UK Singles Chart following the tragedy, and lead single Boys That Sing. Listen to both songs below.

A statement from the band’s families reads: “We are tremendously proud of everything the boys achieved in such a short space of time. Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom shared a huge passion, talent and dedication to music.”

“We believe the best way to celebrate our sons’ lives is to release an album of their songs. This is their legacy and we know deep in our hearts that the boys would want the world to listen to the music they poured everything into. This was only the beginning for them and these nine songs were written with every intention to be shared, heard and, most of all, enjoyed.”

“We hope that it brings you as much happiness listening to it as we know it did to them making it,” the statement concludes.



‘Swings And Waterslides’
‘Like A Fool’
‘Go Outside’
‘Cherry Vimto’
‘Really Wanna Call’
‘Call You Up’
‘Get To Dancing’ (BBC Session)
‘Boys That Sing’