Back To December Lyrics
October 12, 2010 by Post Team
Back To December Lyrics, Harmonies and soaring rock anthems…. Awards, awards and a very loyal live following. People think they know athletes, four men from South London charm, which arose at the forefront of their debut album, Vehicles & Animals, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2003.
But there is more of Deptford quartet than meets the eye, as the first retrospective album, Singles 01-10, suggests. Of course, the great hymns, including hits such as El Salvador and son are all there. But, as befits a group that won an Ivor Novello award for their writing, there are impressive breadth and diversity, too. Spanning the last decade, the album also includes titles like The Outsiders (which culminates with a long piano outro decidedly radio-hostile) and Song Black Swan (a highly poignant piece that pulls the strings of the heart the hardest).
Athlete, as a singer and guitarist Joel Pott attests, is a group who refused to be pigeonholed, despite attempts lazy to support themselves, alongside Keane and Coldplay, as kings of soft, melodic, post-rock British pop. “People always want to keep you in a scene,” he said. “And maybe we would have done better if we had become buddies with all the groups were compared to us. But we never wanted to be part of something like that. ”
As they look back over the last decade, the band – bassist Carey Willetts over Joel, drummer Stephen Roberts and keyboardist Tim Wanstall – can be proud of a body of work that bears comparison with what is produced by their peers. Album sales of more than one million are proof.
The group even found a unique pearl of a song for the occasion. Originally planned as a single in 2003, Back Track has ended up not making the final cut on their debut album. Now, however, it has been gloriously resurrected the band in the room with the group taking the new approach of using only equipment available to them nine years ago to finally finish recording.
But first things first. Athlete originally played together as teenagers, but their first serious attempt to make music came when Joel, and Stephen Carey moved from Deptford to Camden and surfed the wave Britpop in the mid-nineties a hard-gigging, guitar-driven trio. This incarnation of Britpop era was not bad – “young, fast and punky, but with good music,” says Carey – but the trio aspired to something more. Despite label interest, they returned to the drawing board. Exchange of The Beatles and Blur to the sound of the underground U.S., they turned to the floor, Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips to the inspiration and reinvent themselves. “We started thinking about music in a different way,” says Joel.
Things solidify when Tim returned to the university and became a full-time member in 2000. The inclusion of vintage synths and keyboards casio cheap sound expanded the palace of a group who were already experimenting with new guitar sounds and complex vocal arrangements, and his athlete was born.
Building their reputation, they signed to Parlophone and vehicles manufactured & Animals. The record, produced by Victor Van Vugt and published in April 2003, was a summer pop album that mixed with twists catchy freshness and wide-eyed naivete. It was not a surprise when its turnover reached an impressive 350,000.
“The list Mercury has put us in the public eye, and started a buzz word of mouth,” says Tim. “We played Glastonbury and V this year and the atmosphere was great.” Among the singles from this sparkling debut was You Got The Style, inspired by race riots in the mill town in northern England, and El Salvador, an acerbic commentary on the world record of companies undertaking that the band are now a part a little puzzled.
The words of El Salvador seems even more relevant today than they were in 2003, “says Carey. “These are our first impressions of a bargain. The end of the heyday of the music industry signed us. There was still plenty of extravagance. We lived life, shooting videos in Cuba, but we also saw that it was all very fickle. Record companies allow you free champagne, but you’ve finally paid off for all this by selling discs. ”
A second album, 2005 Tourism, saw a change of course. The jaunty, Sing-Along appeal their debut has been replaced by a deeper, more intimate feel. The songs are still built around the big screen electronic band, shimmering guitars and keyboards inventive, but the lyrics are more personal, especially on the first only son, a song inspired by the trauma suffered by Joel and his wife Zoe after the early arrival of their daughter, Myla. “She was rushed into intensive care after hours of his birth,” says Joel. “I had already left the hospital, so I rushed back as soon as I got the call. I told myself that everything would be all right, and luckily it was. But this song together a new model.
The only one – who defeated Gorillaz and Kaiser Chiefs to win the Ivor Novello award for best contemporary song – struck a chord with the record buying public and Tourism for No. 1 to build on the success of their infancy.
Beyond the neighborhood in 2007 was another milestone. Self-produced, was the sound of the athlete to touch the world. An optimistic case that moved away from the darkest shades of Tourism, he found her making the music they wanted to do regardless of commercial concerns, ending with The Outsiders by piano outro extended. Despite this apparent leniency, it is still the top five. “Each album was a reaction to the previous,” said Stephen. “Beyond the neighborhood had to pop it but it was not as easily accessible. It was an album that the listener had to work less, but it contained some of our best songs.
Things changed again in 2009 by Black Swan. A new label, Fiction, scored a more urgent. The opening track, Superhuman Touch, is a soaring rock anthem that began with Joel saying: “I’m on fire, nothing will keep me. Recorded in Los Angeles with Tom Rothrock, he added to the California sun quintessential soundtrack in English, but also packed a heavy emotional punch:
The black swan song is powerful tribute to Joel’s grandfather, Major John Pott, who had escaped from a German military hospital in 1944.
“Sometimes we have been a studio band, but his time we tried to capture our live sound,” says Carey. “We recorded everything in two weeks and finish the album before signing up for a new label. It was difficult, but we unleashed a creative way. ”
Now with Singles 01-10 provide a bookend to its first decade, they are impatient. It’s the story so far, but the race of the athlete is far from being executed.
“It will not stop for a while yet,” said Joel. “After four albums, you wonder what you will do next. We could work with other musicians, but the athlete still provides the greatest challenge -. And the greatest reward ”
Following the publication of their “Singles ’01-10″ album, athletes are touring the UK in November and December.
The dates are:
16 – Liverpool Academy O2
17 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Nottingham Rock City – 18
London Forum – 20
UEA Norwich – 21
Cambridge Junction – 22
24 – O2 Academy Oxford
25 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
27 – Leeds Academy O2
29 – SheffieldO2 Academy2
30 – Glasgow ABC O2
1st – O2 Academy Newcastle
3rd – Manchester Academy 2
HMV Birmingham Institute – 4th
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