Five years on from the tragic and untimely death of up-coming Warrington band, Viola Beach and their manger Craig Tarry, tribute single ‘Swings and Waterslides’ will be released by Warrington Music on 12th February.
‘Swings and Waterslides’ the original debut single by Viola Beach was first released in August 2015. Following the accident, ‘Viola Beach’ their debut posthumous album went to No.1 in the UK Album Charts 2016 – after huge support from Liam Gallagher, The Stone Roses and Coldplay.
Now Warrington Music, the brainchild of Lee Harmon [WAM] Magazine Editor with support from Cal Bate (Viola Beach former sound engineer), have covered the song from a band of musicians whom have grown from the Viola Beach legacy.
Speaking of the project, Lee Harman said: “Viola Beach left their own legacy despite their short time together. They were the first of a new wave of bands who were proud to be from Warrington, and all the artists involved are honoured to be involved. We should have seen Viola Beach headlining the biggest festivals five years on but despite the pain and sadness getting easier every year, they put Warrington on the map, and we want to show they’re still an important part of the town’s culture.”
Warrington Music singer Jessica Luise felt privileged to appear on the track as her own single, was funded through a bursary from the River Reeves Foundation – a charity set up by River’s family to provide funding to musicians from the local area. “I started working with the Rivers Reeves Foundation around a year ago, I love everything they stand for and think that what they do for musicians is wonderful, I never knew the lads personally but getting to experience the legacy they have left behind is amazing. It’s been an absolute privilege to be involved in this project and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”
Olly Thornton who also contributed vocally to the single, had previously been in bands with Kris Leonard and knew him very well from their younger years said: “I’m really exicted to be a part of something so special! This is a lovely way to remember the lads and Craig. I grew up with Kris, we were inseparable for the best part of our younger life, to be asked to do something like this and to represent the teenage musical beginnings of Kris’ life makes me very proud!”
Sound Engineer to the band for six months, and now working with Blossoms who had Viola Beach as their tour support, Cal Bate said: “Viola Beach are a huge part of my life, the big stepping stone to my whole career. So to be able to produce a version of one of their songs with amazing musicians from Warrington meant the world to me. I was lucky enough to hear their songs and mix them a lot whilst working with them and they were always songs which you could tell they wrote for people to dance and love forever. The boys’ legacy will live on forever and they left us some beautiful music. They will never be forgotten and they are everything to Warrington and its music scene.”
‘Swings And Waterslides’ will be released on Friday 12th February 2021 on iTunes and all streaming platforms. All sales and streaming revenue from the cover version will be donated to charities chosen by the families of Viola Beach.
Warrington Music musicians and contributors are;
- Vocals: Jamie Boyle (The K’s), Joe Banks (The A.V Club), Lucy Bell, Liam Hillyer, Jessica Luise, Calan Nickle (Sienne), Olly Thornton (Uno Mas)
- Guitar: Amy Woodall (Crawlers) & Nathan Greenfield (Aligners)
- Drums: Chris Peake (Filthy Tricks)
- Bass: Ed Dowling (The Zangwills)
- Mix: Cal Bate (Former Viola Beach sound engineer)
- Artwork: Cameron Brown