Formed March 2002.


Athlete are an English indie rock band formed in Deptford, London, comprising Joel Pott (lead vocals and guitar), Carey Willetts (bass and backing vocals), Stephen Roberts (drums and backing vocals) and Tim Wanstall (keyboards and backing vocals).

The band had a brief period of high-profile domestic success in which their debut album Vehicles & Animals (2003) was a platinum seller in 2005 and Mercury Music Prize nomination. It was followed up by Tourist (2005) which reached No. 1 and sold over 500,000 copies allowing this album to also go platinum. Since then the band has continued to release records on regular basis. Their subsequent two albums Beyond the Neighbourhood (2007) and Black Swan (2009) sees the band exploring different styles, influenced by the works of artists such as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Singles 01-10

    Singles 01-10 2010

    Reviewed by Mischa Pearlman
    Their ability to write an uplifting, life-affirming tune should not be undermined.
  2. Review of Black Swan

    Black Swan 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    More emotion-laden, life-affirming, FM-friendly stadium rock.
  3. Review of Beyond The Neighbourhood

    Beyond The Neighbourhood 2007

    Reviewed by Helen Groom
    The Ivor Novello-winning boys from Deptford return in fine form.
  4. Review of Tourist

    Tourist 2005

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    The love expressed on this album is not just this year's; it's a daily, toilet...
  5. Review of Vehicles & Animals

    Vehicles & Animals 2003

    Reviewed by Dan Tallis
    Vehicles & Animals is as bright and breezy as a beautiful sunny morning at the coast,...
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