The Pop-Rock quartet Athlete first came together in 1999 in the south-east London suburb of Deptford, ENGLND, where all the members grew up; singer+guitarist Joel Pott, bassist Carey Willetts, keyboardist Tim Wanstall and drummer Stephen Roberts quit their jobs to make music full-time and get a record deal with Regal Records.
In spring 2002, the label released the band's self-titled 3-track EP
which included their first U.K. charting single, "Westside".
The warm reception afforded the EP led to a major label recording contract with Parlophone Records and the subsequent two singles, "You Got The Style" and "El Salvador", both made the top 40; in April 2003 was finally released Athlete's first full-length album, "Vehicles & Animals", which hit the top 20 of the National U.K. Pop chart.
The follow-up "Tourist" was another commercial success, debuting at #1 on the British Albums chart in January 2005; it also yielded a couple of top 20 hit singles including the #4 "Wires" and "Half Light".