Viola Beach Score UK No.1 With Posthumous Debut Album

5 August 2016, 18:00 | Updated: 5 August 2016, 18:03

Viola Beach Album

The band's families have thanked fans for investing in their "lasting musical legacy".

Viola Beach have scored a UK No.1 with their posthumous debut album.

The Warrington band - made up of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin - and their manager Craig Tarry shook the music world, when they tragically lost their lives in a car accident in Sweden earlier this year.

Now, thanks to their loved-ones' decision to release a self-titled album, the Boys That Sing four-piece have topped the UK charts.

The families of the British band and their manager have released a statement, thanking "every single person" for investing in the band's "lasting musical legacy".

According to Associated Press, their statement reads: "The tragedy that ended Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom's lives in Sweden and the pain and sense of loss will never leave us.

"By sending the Viola Beach album to number one the public have sent out an important message to the world. The tragic circumstance that met Viola Beach and their manager Craig that fateful night in Sweden will not now define their lives."

They continued:"What will now define their lives and what they will be remembered for, forever, is the music they were so passionate about making together.

"For that, we will be eternally humbled and ever thankful to every single person who by buying this glorious album has invested in their lasting musical legacy."

"The pain will never leave us but neither will the affection shown by every fan. Maybe one day that affection will live longer in the memory than the pain.

 They concluded: "So from us all, a simple but heartfelt 'thank you'".

Since their tragic passing, the band have received an outpouring of support from across the music world. 

Back in June, Coldplay paid tribute to the band by performing Boys That Sing as part of their headline set at Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage.

Speaking to the festival crowd, Chris Martin said: "“We’d like to create Viola Beach’s alternate history and let them headline Glastonbury for one song tonight.”

Last week, Radio X paid tribute to Viola Beach by hosting a very special playback session of their debut album, a day ahead of its release.

In a show presented by Communion's Maz Tappuni - who worked closely with the band - we played all nine tracks of their eponymous LP, and featured tributes from the band members' family, friends and fellow musicians. 

Listen again to the heart-warming playback of their debut album below: 

The Official Albums Chart has produced five Number One album awards for each band member and their manager.

Martin Talbot, The Official Albums Chart's Chief Executive said: "It is hard to think of an album which more people were rooting for than the Viola Beach release - nor a success which has felt so bitter-sweet.

"We (and the wider music community) are delighted that it has taken the number one spot - but it is an awful tragedy that Jack, Kris, River, Tomas and Craig are not here to see themselves take a place in the annals of British music.''


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