Viola Beach album posthumously released after Sweden car crash


The debut album from Viola Beach has been posthumously released, comprising of songs the band recorded before they were killed in a car crash in Sweden.

The indie four-piece - Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin - died with their manager Craig Tarry in February when their car plunged more than 80ft into a canal in Sodertalje, 18 miles from the capital Stockholm.

Following news of the tragedy, their debut Swings & Waterslides entered the official singles chart and topped the iTunes chart.

Their self-titled album is released on the band's own record label Fuller Beans Records, and is made up of nine songs including Swings & Waterslides and lead single Boys That Sing.

In June Coldplay performed Boys That Sing as part of their headline slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in a tribute to "all the bands that don't exist any more".

Lead singer Chris Martin said: "We're going to create Viola Beach's alternate future for them and let them headline Glastonbury with their song.

"So Kris and Jack and River and Tomas and their manager Craig, this is what would have maybe been you in 20 years or so and I hope we do this song justice."

The men, who were aged between 19 and 32, died after their Nissan Qashqai went through the barrier of a bridge which had opened to let a boat pass underneath.

Music magazine NME praised the record as an album "that will leave a smile on your face".

The publication's review said: "Viola Beach's name will always be synonymous with tragedy, but at least now we have a document of who this band were - and what they might have achieved."