Rooster (band)

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Origin London, England
Genres Indie rock, hard rock, pop rock
Years active 2002 (2002)–2007 (2007)
Labels Brightside, Sony BMG
Past members Nick Atkinson
Luke Potashnick
Ben Smyth
Dave Neale

Rooster were an English pop rock band that formed in London in 2002.



Vocalist Nick and guitarist Luke were former school friends who reunited while living in London. They formed Rooster with Dave and Ben. The name was settled on when Nick came home £250 richer after putting a bet on a horse called Rooster Booster. They were signed to the BMG affiliate label Brightside.

The quartet received plenty of publicity when they became the first band to broadcast a concert live to mobile phones, with their gig at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London on 2 November 2004 aired by the 3 network. The quartet's debut album was released the following January.

Mainstream recognition[edit]

The band's style combined hard rock with pop but was marketed primarily at the UK teen rock market. Rooster's debut single "Come Get Some" reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in November 2004. The next single, "Staring at the Sun", reached number 5 and their self-titled debut album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 3.

Most of the band's success was in Japan. Sales of both albums were good and the group played many live shows across the country, including Summer Sonic festival and the Budokan, Tokyo.


In 2007, with musical differences and difficulties with their record label, Rooster announced their split via their Myspace page.

Post break-up[edit]


  • Nick Atkinson[4] - lead vocals
  • Luke Potashnick - guitars
  • Ben Smyth - bass, backing vocals
  • Dave Neale - drums


Year Album details Peak chart positions
2005 Rooster 26 3
2006 Circles and Satellites 192


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2004 "Come Get Some" 38 46 22 7 Rooster
2005 "Staring at the Sun" 33 5
"You're So Right for Me" 39 14
"Deep and Meaningless" 29
2006 "Home" 33 Circles and Satellites
"Good to Be Here"
"One of Those Days"


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