Blossoms pay tribute to their friends in Viola Beach
Today (July 29th) marks the posthumous release of the self-titled album from Warrington indie foursome Viola Beach.
The band, who formed in 2013, were making a name for themselves as one of the UK’s hardest working groups and were tipped for big things in the coming months, until tragedy struck.
On tour in Sweden in February, singer Kris Leonard, guitarist River Reeves, bassist Tomas Lowe and drummer Jack Dakin as well as their manager, Craig Tarry were killed in an incident on the E4 motorway bridge at Södertälje, southwest of Stockholm, Sweden.
Tributes have poured in for the band from the likes of The Kooks, Liam Gallagher and The Stone Roses, while Coldplay paid a special tribute to the band by covering them during their recent headline set at Glastonbury.
As the album comes out, we asked Blossoms frontman Tom Ogden, who played numerous shows with Viola Beach and were on tour with them at the time of the tragic accident, to give his memories of what the band were like...
“We heard the news in Guildford. We were on tour and Viola Beach were due to support us that night. We were just soundchecking when we heard the news, it just didn’t seem real, it was one of those moments when you just want the world to stop. We pulled the gig straight away.”
“We met them at the end of 2015, we were both doing a gig in Glasgow and they came to watch us play and we went out for the night. They were great lads, such great lads, always nicking your beer and trying to get you out for the night. After that they supported us in London and we invited them to go back out on tour. We’d only done one night on the tour and there was lots more to come, which is why it was heartbreaking. We were getting closer every day.”
They were always at the merch stand after gigs, signing everything, meeting everybody they could, they were really charming. They’ve got the same work ethic we’ve got, they’d go anywhere, take any gig, they were going to do whatever it took, which is why it’s such a shame. They were a great band and they’ll be sorely missed by everyone.”