THE LAPELLES have announced that they are set to release their debut album in tribute to the band’s late frontman Gary Watson.

Speaking in a touching and heartfelt statement on their official Facebook, the band clarified that they felt that the record’s release was essential in order to correspond with one of his biggest ambitions:

“We are proud to bring you ‘The Lapelles’. Sadly, we’ll never know whether this was the album we were going to make, but it’s an album we’re all immensely proud of. One of Gary’s aims was to have his music on vinyl, in fact the tracklisting for this record was actually found scrawled on a napkin Gary had stored in his bedroom! So here it is, 10 tracks, a collection of recordings, some studio, some home demos from 2014-2016.

We’d like to thank all of you for your kind words of support that you’ve given us during this difficult period. This album is for you, and we hope you enjoy it.

Chris, Jack, Jamie, Leon. X G.F.W.”

The band’s self titled album  is available to pre-order on limited edition 12” gatefold vinyl via Dead Beet and those who pre-order will receive an instant free mp3 download of all tracks.

Pre-order the album via the link to their official website.

Check out the band performing the anthemic ‘Grab Life By’ at TTV HQ last year: