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Athlete

Years before the popular single "Wires" nearly topped the U.K. charts, Athlete was yet another Oasis-styled outfit from South London. Childhood friends Carey Willets (bass), Joel Pott (vocals, guitar), Steve Roberts (drums), and Tim Wanstall (keyboards) formed the group in early 2000, initially modeling their sound after that of the famed Gallagher brothers. Athlete eventually transformed itself into an experimental indie rock act, however, and the band's self-titled EP appeared on Regal Recordings in March 2002. The debut single "Westside" was a quick hit, garnering airplay on BBC Radio 1 and paving the way for another single, "You Got the Style," which cracked the Top 40 in June. Parlophone took notice and promptly signed the musicians, who entered the studio with producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Beth Orton) in late 2002 to record their first studio LP.

Vehicles & Animals marked the band's major-label debut in April 2003, eventually spinning off four singles and garnering the band a prestigious nomination for the Mercury Music Prize. Athlete's sophomore effort, Tourist, was an even bigger success. Displaying similarities to Coldplay's reflective songwriting, the album rose to the top of the U.K. albums chart upon its release in 2005, with "Wires" peaking at number four and the follow-up single, "Half Light," reaching number 16. Tourist eventually went double platinum, and Athlete toured in support of the record until spring 2006. Upon returning home, the bandmates opted to build a personal studio and remain close to the friends and family they'd left behind on the previous tour. Sessions for Athlete's third album began in May 2006, and the self-produced, experimental Beyond the Neighborhood arrived in September 2007. Black Swan appeared two years later, with an American release following in early 2010 courtesy of Original Signal Recordings. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beyond The Neighbourhood

1. In Between 2 States

2. Hurricane

3. Tokyo

4. Airport Disco

5. It's Not Your Fault

6. The Outsiders

7. Flying Over Bus Stops

8. Second Hand Stores

9. In The Library

10. Best Not To Think About It

11. This Is What I Sound Like

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Track List: Tourist

1. Chances

2. Half Light

3. Tourist

4. Trading Air

6. If I Found Out

7. Yesterday Threw Everything At Me

8. Street Map

9. Modern Mafia

10. Twenty Four Hours

11. I Love

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Track List: Vehicles & Animals

1. El Salvador

2. Westside

3. One Million

4. Shake Those Windows

5. Beautiful

6. New Project

7. You Got The Style

8. Vehicles & Animals

9. Out Of Nowhere

10. Dungeness

11. You Know

12. Le Casio

13. A Few Differences

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Track List: Black Swan

1. Superhuman Touch

2. The Getaway

3. Black Swan Song

4. Don't Hold Your Breath

5. Love Come Rescue

6. Light The Way

7. The Unknown

8. The Awkward Goodbye

9. Magical Mistakes

10. Rubik's Cube

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Track List: Black Swan Song (Radio Single)

1. Black Swan Song

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Track List: Superhuman Touch (Radio Single)

1. Superhuman Touch

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Track List: The Getaway (Radio Single)

1. The Getaway

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Still love these guys!
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Solid Indie band. Their melodies are their strenghts. I'd reccommend Tourist as a 1st chioce.
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honestly, the lyrics are very reliable and you can take their meaning and transform it. their sound is great!
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kristinemars h
Totally agree with Jacob. I like their sound, similar to Coldplay, but Coldplay can actually write decent lyrics. If you read the lyrics to Athlete's songs, they are pretty bland, shallow, and very similar to each other.
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Eh, I like their music, but Athlete can't seem to write decent lyrics to save their lives.
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One of my favorites ever.
My favorites are The Outsiders and Rubik's Cube.
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I actually like them more than Coldplay... I like Coldplay; Athlete just has more of an edge. "The Outsiders" is one of the best pop songs ever written.
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This reminds me more of Red Hot Chili Peppers (in fact, the track I heard (Tourist) eerily reminds me of them. Not bad at all.
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pbhuss: They play a laid-back style of pop rock with male vocals. Of course they are going to be compared to the current biggest band in pop rock. Bands in similar genres are often compared as a reference.
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Totally my favorite band right now.
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sliscomb1
more like mutemath or FOF
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reminds me of coldplay.
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There's a quality to this that I find very appealing that reminds me of why I liked Pink Floyd. Uh, back in the day. Datin' myself here.

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