The debut album from Viola Beach, the young five-piece band from Warrington who tragically died earlier this year, has now been released.
The group were touring Sweden when their car crashed into a canal in February, killing all four band members (Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin) and their manager Craig Tarry.
Viola Beach’s eponymous debut album has been released on the band’s own imprint, Fuller Beans Records. It features nine songs including Swings & Waterslides and new single Boys That Sing.
In a statement, the band’s family members said: ‘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.’
In June, Coldplay performed Boys That Sing as part of their Glastonbury headline set in tribute to the group.