In February, the deaths of Viola Beach and their manager came as a massive shock. A band with so much potential, and on the brink of fame had their future tragically taken away from them. The band had already released three singles, and supported the likes of The Courteeners, The Libertines, and Blossoms; it was pretty clear this was to be the start of a promising music career for them. Now with the posthumous release of an album of their written tracks and demos, we can see more of what they had to give.
The album opens with Swings and Waterslides which is undoubtedly the lads most recognisable song; a positive, summery start to the album. Like A Fool, Go Outside & Cherry Vimto follow on from the opener showing the band’s talent and proving that they really did write songs to make people happy.
Drunk and Really Wanna Call just carry on handing us the energetic, summery vibes; only confirming that this band were made for festivals and performing. These are all tracks I could see myself – and many others – singing back to them with pride, but this is sadly never going to be the case.
Track 7, Call You Up has gained lots of response on social media since the album release; appearing to be one of the all round favourites. It’s a moving track, particularly highlighting the talent from vocalist Kris Leonard, and the ability they had to write. The track takes a slower approach than others on the album, allowing listeners to reflect on what they’re hearing much more.
Boys That Sing is the closing track on the album, one which had already got lot’s of recognition, as it was one of the bands releases prior to their death. It’s also the track Coldplay performed at Glastonbury, in their tribute to Viola Beach. Lead singer Chris Martin told the crowd “We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternate future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for a song”… a moving gesture which sent Viola Beach flying into the charts.
The album is an all round moving, yet joyful gesture which represents just what Viola Beach had to offer. They were capable of so much, and had their lives not been so devastatingly cut short I truly believe they would’ve gotten massive. I urge you to at least give the album a listen, and let these boys get the recognition they deserve.
The album is now available to buy here.