9 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sparkling—and fitting—tribute to a band of rare promise. On 13 February 2016, Viola Beach—Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, and Jack Dakin—and their manager Craig Tarry died after a car accident in Södertälje, Sweden. This eponymous debut will forever act as a celebration of their quicksilver, sun-soaked indie. “Swings and Waterslides” and “Go Outside” are the sound of a thousand hedonistic summer days, while “Boys That Sing”’s infectious guitars now take on affecting poignancy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sparkling—and fitting—tribute to a band of rare promise. On 13 February 2016, Viola Beach—Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, and Jack Dakin—and their manager Craig Tarry died after a car accident in Södertälje, Sweden. This eponymous debut will forever act as a celebration of their quicksilver, sun-soaked indie. “Swings and Waterslides” and “Go Outside” are the sound of a thousand hedonistic summer days, while “Boys That Sing”’s infectious guitars now take on affecting poignancy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

22 Ratings

22 Ratings

YES!! 😍

__dreko

I am so glad to get to hear the rest that this band had to offer. It is so unfortunate about what happened and my condolences go out to their family and friends. Looking forward to listening to this!

Rating is based on respect.

LivingstonScott

I am so thrilled to be, soon, listening to these songs and although we cannot sample them here, I really enjoyed their few singles that came out so, I bet it will garner 5 stars by most of us. This is bittersweet and I hope their small catalogue has a long shelf life.

Quality Pop Alternative

ElliNSweeneyD

So sad we won't get to hear anything new from these guys again. They were really starting something great here and the whole album is worth a buy. Swings & Waterslides is an absolute summer song. Boys That Sing was so fun to sing along to until February, now it's such a bittersweet song. Wish you boys could've taken on the world, you would've rocked it. Rest in peace guys.

About Viola Beach

British rock quartet Viola Beach were a band on the rise, playing Brit-pop with a bit of cheek and optimism like the Kooks or early Arctic Monkeys. The band's original lineup formed in 2013, with Kris Leonard on guitar/vocals, Jack Dakin on drums, Frankie Coulson on guitar, and Jonny Gibson on bass. They made their debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and released a pair of singles ("Daisies" and "Love My Love"). In 2015, they returned with a lineup change, replacing Coulson with River Reeves on guitar and Gibson with Tomas Lowe on bass. They released "Swings & Waterslides" and gained notable buzz after receiving backing from BBC Introducing, which secured them a slot at the 2015 Reading and Leeds Festivals. In early 2016, they released "Boys That Sing" and "Like a Fool" (Communion) and were in the midst of preparations for a tour with another U.K. buzz band, Blossoms, and a batch of major festival appearances (SXSW, T in the Park). On February 13, 2016, less than a month after the release of their final singles, the band and manager Craig Tarry were killed in a car crash in Sodertalje, Sweden. The outpouring from fellow British bands was immediate. Friends and tourmates Blossoms continued a planned trek, opening each night with a pre-recorded set of Viola Beach's music, while Coldplay honored the young band during their headlining set at Glastonbury 2016 with a cover of "Boys That Sing." Their self-titled debut LP received a posthumous release in July 2016, debuting at number one on the U.K. charts. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

  • ORIGIN
    Warrington, Cheshire, England
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • FORMED
    2013

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