Viola Beach’s label issue statement, will donate single proceeds to band’s family

The label said they “in a state of total shock and sorrow”

Viola Beach’s record label Communion have issued a statement after the band were killed in a car accident yesterday (February 13).

“Everyone here at Communion is in a state of total shock and sorrow, and our thoughts go out to the families and friends of Craig and the band,” write the label.

It continues: “Viola Beach had only recently come into the Communion family, and had everything going for them – great songs, passion, talent, drive… everything that a band should have. To sit down with the band was to sit down with a group of guys whose band you wanted to be in, and to be in the presence of a band who knew just what it would take to make it.”

The label also announced that they will be donating all proceeds made from the single to the band’s families.

The band’s four members, Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin, and their manager Craig Tarry were killed on Saturday when their car plunged off a 80ft highway bridge into a canal.

Swedish police said that the bridge over the Södertälje canal was closing after being opened to let a vessel sail through at the time of the fatal crash, the BBC reports.

Viola Beach released their debut single ‘Swings & Waterslides’ in 2015 and were set to support Blossoms on their February and March UK and Ireland tour. They were due to fly out to Texas next month with an appearance at SXSW confirmed.

Other festivals they were due to appear at through 2016 include The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Bushstock, Latitude, The Secret Garden Party, Liverpool International Music Festival and T In The Park.