Warrington band died in a car accident in Sweden in February
The debut album from Viola Beach, recorded before their death in Sweden earlier this year, has been released. Stream it online now below and watch a new animated video for the track ‘Boys That Sing’.
The posthumous album, simply entitled ‘Viola Beach’, was released by their own label, Fuller Beans Records, and contains nine songs, including original single ‘Swings & Waterslides’ and new single ‘Boys That Sing’.
The Warrington band, along with their manager Craig Tarry, fell to their death over 80ft into a canal in Södertälje, about 20 miles from Stockholm, in February 2016. Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin had played at the Where’s the Music? festival in Norrköping the previous day.
An animated video has also been released for ‘Boys That Sing’. The clip was made by Komixx Entertainment together with Mackinnon & Saunders Digital Studios. Watch beneath.
The band’s families have released a statement, saying “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.”
Viola Beach’s Spotify streams increased after Coldplay played ‘Boys That Sing’ during their headline slot at Glastonbury last month. The day after the performance, the Spotify streams for the band had increased by 6148 per cent, after Martin dedicated the song to the band.
“We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternative future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for a song”, said Martin, going on to claim that Viola Beach would have been in their position in 20 years time.