ATHLETE ANNOUNCES FIRST MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN OVER TWO YEARS
NEW ALBUM BLACK SWAN OUT NOW
Athlete will head out on the
road this spring/summer in support of their latest album, Black Swan, which was released on
March 2 through Original Signal Recordings in the U.S. The tour will kick off May 31 at Maxwell's in Hoboken,
Black Swan is a musical summary of everything Athlete has been through, the good, the bad and the ugly.
But although its songs burn with literate emotion, this certainly isn't a downbeat record. In fact, the album begins with the hurtling FM rush of the glorious track, "Superhuman Touch," which catapults the album to life with the
opening line, "I'm on fire and nothing's gonna hold me back."
Produced by the esteemed Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliott
Smith, Elbow, Beck), Black Swan positively
glows with snagging melodies, rich musicality and the band's heartfelt tales. These songs together make Black
Swan the strongest album Athlete has ever recorded. The reaction to Black Swan has been nothing
short of overwhelming both here and in the U.K. with Alternative Press stating, "If proper venues for a band
called Athlete are Stadiums, then this southeast London quartet have finally made an album worthy of their name... super-earnest reflections with melodies and arrangements direct and sturdy enough to bear the emotional weight."
NME proclaiming, "Awash with gorgeous melodies, the best thing they've ever done." And Q
Magazine raving: "Strong results... from the rueful to the thunderous. A band reborn."
Athlete first rose to prominence seven years ago with the spirited, electro-tinged, indie-pop of their Mercury-
nominated debut, Vehicles And Animals, Athlete have established themselves among the U.K.'s finest
songsmiths. The southeast Londoners have sold more than a million copies of their three hit albums (the other two
being 2005's Tourist and 2007's Beyond The Neighbourhood); packed out venues across the world;
picked up an Ivor Novello award; and topped both the UK's album and airplay charts.
Athlete's North American tour dates are listed below. Carney will support Athlete on all dates except Los Angeles June 21, Chapel Hill June
30, and Pittsburgh July 1.
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