Tragic news heard today as promising band Viola Beach were killed in a horrendous car accident in the early hours of yesterday morning. The four piece formed in May last year and despite releasing only three songs they had captured the attentionof the UK with their upbeat take on traditional indie sounds – often using sweet, intricate melodies to add some real summery vibes to their music. The four young talents received a lot of buzz over the course of their short career, garnering heaps of praise from the radio, newspapers and the internet for their talent and attitude when it came to making music.
I had the pleasure of receiving their debut single Swings & Waterslides in my inbox and remember raving about it immediately before departing for Reading Festival 2015 in which I was fortunate enough to check out the tail end of their set on the BBC Introducing stage. I distinctly remember the band’s performance emitting an abundance of positivity through their guitars, drums and their body language which showed off how much fun they were having up on the stage. It was through that performance that made me believe that Viola Beach were going to become big one day and join the likes of Royal Blood, George Ezra and Arctic Monkeys as the latest starlet to come through the musical ranks of the UK music mainstream.
Sadly the band and their manager had their lives cut short and it’s a shame to once again witness another death in the music industry that tugs at the heartstrings. While the deaths of David Bowie, Lemmy, Scott Weiland featured mourning supported by their glittering discographies, it hits harder to witness the demise of a band who hadn’t even released their first record yet and are now unable to fulfil their potential. It’s so sad, and I can only contribute to the outpouring support of condolences to the five families and the numerous friends who were impacted by this piece of tragic news. RIP.