enjoyed minor success in the late '90s, when the alternative rock group cracked the Billboard Hot 100 with "What I Didn't Know." Formed in Greensboro, NC, the band was primarily the brainchild of singer/guitarist Mark Kano
and drummer Nic Brown
, although Kano
proved to be the only constant member throughout the group's career. Guitarist Gary Brewster
and bassist Alex McKinney
eventually climbed aboard, and Athenaeum
self-released an eponymous LP in 1995. Shortly thereafter, the quartet signed with Atlantic Records and issued 1998's Radiance
, which expanded the band's audience and allowed Athenaeum
to tour for several years.
With newcomer Jeremy Vogt
replacing Nic Brown
(who left the band in 2000 to attend college), Athenaeum
released a self-titled sophomore album in September 2001. The record failed to ignite much interest, and by the end of the year, Atlantic had dropped the band from its roster. Still a fairly popular draw in North Carolina, Athenaeum
continued touring and released a rarities compilation, Hourglass
, before officially calling it quits in 2004.