Athlete is an English band from Deptford, south east London compromising 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).
Coming out of the indie alternative scene which enveloped much of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, Athlete is one of the few bands from that period of time who are still producing music and keeping true to their sound.
Finding success with their 2003 Mercury nominated album Vehicles & Animals, Athlete have survived for over a decade of music with their seminal hits "You Got the Style" and "El Salvador".
Athlete went on to play V Festival and continued success with their second album Tourist gaining an Ivor Novello Award for "Best Contemporary Song” for “Wires”.
Their third album Beyond The Neighbourhood (2007) made it a triple spectacular for them until things were about to change for the band. By the end of the late ‘00s, Athlete had grown up and now left EMI’s Parlophone label and moved onto new times at Fiction.
Their 2009 album Black Swan represented a dark time; fallen marriages, miscarriages and poverty for the band. Black Swan was a culmination of blood, sweat and tears for the band. Produced by Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliot Smith, Elbow, Beck), Athlete focused on their life experiences to produce their fourth album. The album reached #18 in the UK Album Chart.