Viola Beach

Viola Beach

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Viola Beach’s posthumous self-titled debut is poised to bow at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. 

The British indie band’s LP (released via Fuller Beans) is 6,000 combined sales ahead of the next-best-placed recording, ELO, All Over The World - The Very Best Of (Epic), according to mid-week chart data published by the Official Charts Company. 

The four members of Viola Beach lost their lives when the car they were driving in broke through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm, Sweden back in February.

The Warrington group, comprised of vocalist Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe and drummer Jack Dakin, died along with their manager Craig Tarry in the accident. 

Viola Beach Set for U.K. Chart Debut After Fatal Car Crash

The families of the late bandmates and their manager shared this message: "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."

The album includes "Swings and Waterslides," which opened at No. 11 on the Official Singles Chart following the news of the tragedy.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot notes “everyone will have been rooting for the Viola Beach album this week, so it’s fantastic news that it is doing so well – I’m sure we will all be keeping our fingers crossed that it can hold on at No 1.”

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