Athenaeum was an alternative pop rock four-piece band from Greensboro, North Carolina, formed in 1990 at an eighth grade dance by Nic Brown and Mark Kano.
After several personnel changes, Kano and Brown recorded an eight song EP in 1995 with bassist Alex McKinney? and lead guitarist Grey Brewster.
In 1996 the band were signed by Atlantic Records. They released their major label debut, Radiance, in 1998. The first single, "What I Didn't Know," was a minor hit. During the recording phase for their next album, Brown left the band to attend college. He was replaced by Jeremy Vogt, who performed with the likes of Tonic and The Connells. Brewster also dissolved his membership with the group and was replaced by Mike Garrigan, the lead singer and songwriter of Collapsis.
This new line up played their first show on March 31 2001, at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Athenaeum's sophomore album Athenaeum was released on September 18, 2001. However, it received little promotion in the wake of the September 11th attacks.