Up-and-coming UK indie quartet The Lathums has scored its first UK No.1 album with its debut album How Beautiful Life Can Be.
The Wigan outfit has topped the Official UK Albums Chart, taking the top spot from last week’s No.1, Drake’s Certified Lover Boy.
The Lathums’ frontman Alex Moore told OfficialCharts.com: “We’re four friends from Wigan who just love making music and are at No.1 with our debut album – it’ll take a while for this one to sink in. It proves what’s possible for young, British artists with a pure-at-heart ambition to reach people with songs like ours, making friends every step along the way, and finding that dreams can come true.
“How Beautiful Life Can Be is about seeing the good in things, holding on, and coming through difficult times with a smile at the end. Today our smiles couldn’t be any wider. Thank you.”
The band released its debut album last week (September 24) via Island Records. It was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios and was produced by The Coral’s James Skelly and Chris Taylor.
The record contains songs like “Oh My Love”, which were inspired by Moore’s past experiences of “pain and uncertainty” and the title track, which aims to “appreciate all of the things, big and small, that we’ve missed the most” in life.
The Lathums will hit the road in the UK for a rescheduled, expanded, and upgraded tour this autumn and winter, including shows at Manchester’s O2 Victoria Warehouse and London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town.
At the start of this year, the band was named on the BBC’s Sound of 2021 longlist, alongside the likes of Bree Runway, Greentea Peng, and winner Pa Salieu. The Lathums was also included on NME’s list of 100 emerging stars to look out for in 2021.