Six months ago, the members of British indie band Viola Beach were tragically killed when their car plummeted 80 feet off a bridge.
But it looks like the rock group’s legacy will live on, because their debut album is set to reach number one on the UK Charts.
Before their untimely deaths, singer Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe, and drummer Jack Dakin recorded a number of tracks — which have now been released by family and friends of the four musicians.
According to The Official Charts Company, the band’s self-titled album is currently 6,000 sales ahead of the current number one, Electric Light Orchestra‘s All Over the World: the Very Best Of.
The album Viola Beach is made up of nine songs, including the band’s lead single Boys That Sing.
Music magazine NME praised the collection as a record that “will leave a smile on your face,” saying in the review:
“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.”
Family members of the band said they believed releasing the album was “the best way to celebrate our sons’ lives.”
They said in a poignant statement:
“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.”
Our hearts continue to break for the families of this talented band who was taken too soon.
Will YOU be picking up Viola Beach?
[Image via Viola Beach/Instagram.]