Viola Beach
Viola Beach
Fuller Beans

 

The posthumous debut album from British indie foursome Viola Beach is going to be a tough listen for many, considering the tragedy that befell the young band. On February 13, with the pop world at their feet, Kris, Jack, River and Tomas, along with their manager, Craig, were killed in Sweden when their car plunged off a bridge as they were returning home from a festival appearance. Released by their families on the band’s own label, these nine finished tracks may be forever shrouded in sadness but the album is an ambitious and accomplished piece of songwriting in its own right and provides a fitting memorial. It’s buzzing with the same kind of youthful exuber­ance once exhibited by the Arctic Monkeys and Kooks. Coldplay paid tribute to Viola Beach by covering their song Boys that Sing at Glastonbury this year, giving the Warrington lads their own head­lining moment. With its infectious harmonies and innocent charm, the album will put a smile on many faces – a testament to the hopes and dreams of young men.