Story: Jack Foley
IT QUITE possibly rates as one of the most emotional songs of
this or any year, so it's great to finally be able to reveal the
story behind Athlete's new single, Wires.
Taken from the band's second album, Tourist, the single
(released on January 17, 2005) includes lyrics such as 'you've
got wires coming out of your skin' and is sung in such a heartfelt
manner as to evoke memories of Coldplay at their best.
And speaking to London's alternative radio station, Xfm, the
band revealed that the track was written about the near death
of singer and guitarist Joel Pott’s newborn daughter late
Explains keyboardist, Tim Wanstall:
"Wires is about a harrowing experience that Joel had when
his daughter was born. Basically, she had a seizure just after
he’d gone home, and the song came out around that time,
as he was trying to work it all through."
The single rates among the finest work Athlete have so far produced
and is sure to be a big hit for them next week.
Fans of the band can get signed copies of the single by heading
along to the Virgin Megastore on Oxford Street on Tuesday,
January 18, at 6pm.
The band is currently in the middle of a headlining UK tour.
In the same Xfm interview, Wanstall also revealed that Tourist
marks a new and more mature sound than was evident on their
acclaimed debut, Vehicles And Animals.