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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