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Tetra Splendour

Tetra Splendour

Tetra Splendour


Tetra Splendour were a 4-piece jazz-rock fusion band with electronic elements, they originate from Porthcawl, Wales. The band began as a four-piece under the name Robots in the Sky. The line-up was: # Gareth Jones - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Keyboards # Pete Roberts - Lead guitar, backing vocals; # Kris Blight - Bass guitar; # John Maloney - Drums; In 2000 they released their debut, a red 7" vinyl with two tracks - E.T.A and Muriel's Motorhome. Only 500 copies of the record were made. Read more on Last.fm
Tetra Splendour were a 4-piece jazz-rock fusion band with electronic elements, they originate from Porthcawl, Wales. The band began as a four-piece under the name Robots in the Sky. The line-up was: # Gareth Jones - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, Keyboards # Pete Roberts - Lead guitar, backing vocals; # Kris Blight - Bass guitar; # John Maloney - Drums; In 2000 they released their debut, a red 7" vinyl with two tracks - E.T.A and Muriel's Motorhome. Only 500 copies of the record were made. This attracted the attention of EMI/Chrysalis' brand new sub-label, Wishakismo, and the band were offered a deal. Fearing legal repercussions from other bands with similar names (most notably Robots in Disguise), a name-change was implemented and Robots in the Sky became Tetra Splendour (the English translation of a Spanish jazz quartet, Quatro Esplendido).

After signing to Wishakismo, the band headed into Cardiff's Audio Zone recording studio to commence recording of their debut album, "Splendid Animation". In their brief time as Tetra Splendour, the then-four-piece toured with bands such as Fun Lovin' Criminals, Biffy Clyro and Miss Black America, among others, and played the famous Reading Festival in 2002. On April 9th, 2001, the band released their first single as Tetra Splendour - Mr. Bishi (on CD and on 7" vinyl, of which only 500 copies were made). It was met with positive reviews (and was, incidentally, the first Wishakismo release).

On October 1 1st, 2001, the band released their second single, De-Rail (on CD and 7" white vinyl). As the release of the album neared, the band were promoted from Wishakismo to the main roster of EMI/Chrysalis. On this label they released their final single, Pollenfever, on February 25th 2002 - it would be the only Tetra Splendour release to be backed up by a video (which received limited airplay) and a dedicated headline tour. On 20th May 2002, the band's debut album 'Splendid Animation' was released to mixed reviews. However, the general consensus was that the band had potential, and EMI/Chrysalis allowed them to return to the studio.

While recording new material, EMI was the subject of a management change, which led to the subsequent releases of many bands from their old contracts, including Tetra Splendour. After being dropped by EMI, the band renamed themselves People In Planes recorded a new album at Wales' Monnow Valley Studio, containing new songs (with newly-hired keyboard player Ian Russell) and unreleased Tetra Splendour material. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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