Indie band Viola Beach have scored a number one album plot, six months after they were killed in a vehicle crash.
The self-titled entry was compiled by the band’s families, expending live hearings and studio tapes, many of which were originally bound for an EP.
It outsold the number two album, ELO’s All Over The World, The More good Of, by about 6,000 copies, said the Official Chart Company.
“I’m in outrage, ” said Finn Reeves, whose brother 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 manager Craig Tarry died when their vehicle plunged into a canal in Sweden in February.
The families of the band said: “The dreadful environment that fulfilled Viola Beach and their manager Craig that momentous night in Sweden will not now define their lives.
“What will now define their lives and what they will be remembered for, forever, is the music they were so enthusiastic about forming 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 long-lasting musical legacy.”
Viola Beach had been endorse by BBC Introducing, who invited them to play the Reading and Leeds carnivals last year.
The young band’s first single Swings& Waterslides reached multitude 11 in the wake of the tragedy, while Coldplay paid tribute by performing their chant Boys That Sing at Glastonbury, intimating at what the future might have deemed.
‘Legacy lives on’
“They were just so talented and they had so much better going for them, ” said 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 established it.”
She said listening to the album took her back to the saloon and teams where she watched Viola Beach romp as they started to gain a foothold in the music industry.
“It’s very sad – but it’s also beautiful, ” she said. “I can listen my brother drumming, I can listen Chris singing. It’s like their legacy lives on.
“Sometimes I am fairly damaging with the music, because I’ll listen to it when I’m sad and it’ll constitute me feel worse.
“But a lot of experiences I’ll listen to it with acquaintances or when I’m in an upbeat climate and it’s beautiful. It’s great music and they craved everyone to hear it.”