10 Fakten zum ersten (und letzten) Album von Viola Beach:
“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.
We hope that it brings you as much happiness listening to it as we know it did to them making it.”
“The team around Viola Beach will sit down with the families once the funerals have taken place, and we’ll work out how best to proceed. Whether that’s making an album internally for the families or an album that actually gets released, I don’t know. There’s a lot of music, a lot of demos, a lot of amazing songs, and it’d be great if it got out, but at the moment, everybody’s still grieving. We need to sit down and work out what we do with it.”
Then you actually listen to it, and what you’re struck by isn’t the sadness of the story, or the potential that will go unfulfilled, but the energy and exuberance that so obviously went into making it. ‘Viola Beach’ is an album that, against all odds, leaves you with a smile on your face. Of course, that’s what early singles ‘Swings And Waterslides’ and ‘Boys That Sing’ did so well in the first place: Viola Beach were at a stage in their career where influences (in particular the elastic indie-funk of Peace and Two Door Cinema Club and melodic ebullience of The Kooks) were still worn on their sleeves, but they possessed enough charm – and talent – to dispel any cynicism. Certainly this summer’s festival circuit already feels poorer for the absence of earworms-in-waiting like ‘Really Wanna Call’ and ‘Like A Fool’.
The exception is ‘Call You Up’, a winsome late-night lament that hints at hidden depths and a burgeoning songwriting maturity. We’ll never know what 19-year-old frontman Kris Leonard was working on at the time of his death, much less the songs he would have gone on to write had he lived, but ‘Call You Up’ may well be the best one that he left behind. 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.