People in Planes are an alternative pop/rock outfit from Cardiff, Wales. Friends since their childhood days in Porthcawl, vocalist Gareth Jones and guitarist Peter Roberts were first inspired to form a band after listening to Supergrass' I Should Coco as teenagers. This early musical bond was fully realized in People in Planes, where the duo was joined by bassist Kris Blight and drummer John Maloney. Originally called Tetra Splendour, the group released Splendid Animation in 2002 on the EMI imprint Wishakismo. Touring with Fun Lovin' Criminals and Biffy Clyro followed, as did a spot at the 2002 Reading Festival. The EMI deal ultimately collapsed, however, and the group re-energized itself with new ideas, new bandmates (with the addition of keyboardist Ian Russell), and a new aerodynamic moniker.