Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
“We are Kris, River, Tom and Jack. We started playing together in May last year in an abandoned dance studio above a bar.” Today the indie pop four-piece releases second single Boys That Sing produced by Ian Grimble. The release also launches the brand new Communion Singles Club (find more about it here).
WHAT is the inspiration behind their songs?
“The songs are about girls, relationships, the weather, escapism and drinking beer. Boys that sing is about learning to play guitar and sing to impress a girl.”
LYRICS She’s a rhino, she’s a wino // She’s a tightrope, we’ll be fine though // Singing woah-oh-oh-oh, what do they know? // She’s a libra, and I need her // The monalisa, would wanna be her // Singing woah-oh-oh-oh // And she said that together we could take on the world // And she told me that I’ll never find another girl like her // She’s in Lycra, I don’t like her // She’s a tiger, but not as violent // Singing woah-oh-oh-oh, what do they know // She’s a weirdo, and a little // She’s a beer girl, and she’s cheerful // Singing woah-oh-oh-oh, what do they know // And she said that together we can take on the world // And she told me that I’d never find another girl like her // And she said that together we could do anything // And she told me that she loves a boy who knows how to sing, so I learnt how to sing // She’s a rhino, she’s a wino // She’s a tightrope, we’ll be fine though // And she said that together we can take on the world // And she told me that I’d never find another girl like her // And she said that together we could do anything // And she told me that she loves a boy who knows how to sing, so I learnt how to sing
WHERE did they grow up?
“We grew up in a town called Warrington (UK) in the North West. It had a big impact on the music as it’s a very grey, industrial town and it gave us something to dream about in terms of a better lifestyle, better weather and generally better surroundings. We don’t dislike Warrington though. It’s a grey town but it’s our grey town. The music scene is nonexistent as of yet which we’re hoping to change!”
WHY are they called ‘Viola Beach’?
“Viola Beach is a hypothetical ‘happy place’ to go to when you’re feeling down. We’re hoping that this resonated throughout the tunes which it seems to be doing!”
WHEN can I see them live?
“We’re playing all over the place throughout the year. We’re on a tour with Blossoms in February and March.”
29th January – Koko, London (BBC Introducing and Club NME)
30th January – Carsons, Middleton
4th February – Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Ireland (w/ Blossoms)
5th February – Green Room, The Academy, Dublin (w/ Blossoms)
6th February – Limelight 2, Belfast (w/ Blossoms)
10th February – Sub89, Reading (w/ Blossoms)
11th February – Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa (w/ Blossoms)
12th February – Where’s The Music Festival, Sweden
13th February – Boiler Room, Guildford (w/ Blossoms)
18th February – The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (w/ Blossoms)
19th February – Concorde 2, Brighton (w/ Blossoms)
20th February – The Bullingdon, Oxford (w/ Blossoms)
23rd February – The Townhouse, Middlesbrough
24th February – The Welly Club, Hull (w/ Blossoms)
26th February – O2 Academy, Leicester (w/ Blossoms)
27th February – Albert hall, Manchester (w/ Blossoms)
3rd March – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh (w/ Blossoms)
4th March – Kasbah, Coventry (w/ Blossoms)
5th March – The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent (w/ Blossoms)
11th March – Opium 10, Barnsley
12th March – The Pyramid, Warrington (w/ Blossoms)
25th March – The Academy, Liverpool (w/ Blossoms)
26th March – Stockton Calling, Stockton On Tees
1st October Parr Hall – Warrington