Indie band Viola Beach have scored a number one album chart, six months after they were killed in a auto crash.
The self-titled debut was compiled by the band’s households, employing live sessions and studio recordings, many of which were originally bound for an EP.
It outsold the number two album, ELO’s All Over The World, The Very Best Of, by about 6,000 copies, said the Official Chart Company.
“I’m in shock, ” told Finn Reeves, whose friend River was the band’s guitarist.
“I think they’d be absolutely thrilled. I can see the smiles on their faces.
“They made this happen. They did the hard work.”
Viola Beach consisted of singer Kris Leonard, guitarist River, bassist Tomas Lowe and drummer Jack Dakin.
All four members of the Warrington band and their director Craig Tarry died when their auto plunged into a canal in Sweden in February.
The families of the band told: “The tragic situation that fulfilled Viola Beach and their director Craig that fateful night in Sweden will not now define their lives.
“What will now define their lives and what they will be remembered for, eternally, is the music they were so passionate about inducing together.
“For that, we will be eternally humbled and ever thankful to every single person who, by buying this glorious album, has invested in their lasting musical legacy.”
Viola Beach had been championed by BBC Introducing, who invited them to play the Reading and Leeds celebrations last year.
The young band’s first single Swings& Waterslides reached number 11 in the wake of the tragedy, while Coldplay paid tribute by performing their sung Boys That Sing at Glastonbury, hinting at what the future might have held.
‘Legacy lives on’
“They were just so talented and they had so much going for them, ” told Loren Dakin, elder sister of drummer Jack.
“If they would have come home from this, it would have just snowballed from there. They would have induced it.”
She told listening to the album took her back to the pub and clubs where she watched Viola Beach play as they started to gain a foothold in the music industry.
“It’s very sad – but it’s also beautiful, ” she told. “I can hear my brother drumming, I can hear Chris singing. It’s like their legacy lives on.
“Sometimes I am quite destructive with the music, because I’ll listen to it when I’m sad and it’ll construction “i m feeling” worse.
“But a lot of days I’ll listen to it with friends or when I’m in an upbeat mood and it’s beautiful. It’s great music and they wanted everyone to hear it.”