During this time, Vanilla Pod played gigs alongside bands such as Less Than Jake. Deciding to become a five-piece, Steve Campion temporarily rejoined the band (with current bassist Leon moving over to second guitar) before ultimately being replaced by Tom Wicks. October 2002 saw the band complete a full UK tour alongside Capdown and Twofold. Early 2003 saw Tom Wicks leave the band to be replaced by Goober Patrol and Toy Dolls bassist Tom Blyth, who joined the band. Later in the year the band - and their new bassist and five-person line-up - recorded their fourth full-length Surrounded By Idiots which would come out that year on Deck Cheese and later released on Pyropit records in Japan. Drummer Gary Colman too decided to leave the band, to be replaced by John Waterfield who has remained with the band since. Soon after this new addition, they went off on a European tour supporting MU330.
In 2008 Vanilla Pod, alongside many other bands, contributed two newly recorded tracks to a charity compilation CD called Gangsta's Corner. These would be the first Vanilla Pod recordings since 2003. Later that year, Vanilla Pod line-up returned, yet again, to the studio to record their fifth full-length album - entitled Poets on Payday - which would see release in October 2009 on Boss Tuneage. At the end of 2010 Tom decided to leave the band unfortuanatley due to moving out of the country. He was replaced by long standing friend Matt Clarke. The Pod have had a new recent addition of one of their oldest friends and great drummer Robin Tow from One Car Pile Up who joined their ranks due to John Waterfield deciding to call it a day. This has been a great addition to Vanilla Pod and has given them and their songs a new lease of life and felling very strong a positive about the future. They have just finished recording a new Mini LP which will be released in Spring 2015 and are planning a series of gigs to promote this and celebrate their 20th anniversary of being a band Cheers! 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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