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Vanilla Pod were originally formed in Feb 1995 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
The band released their début single Rebound on Off-Shoot.
In 1997 the band was signed to label Thems Good and released their début album Trigger.
The band returned to the studio in 1998 to record their 2nd full-length Faster Disco, also released on Thems Good as well as undertaking more touring.
In 2000 Vanilla Pod completed a 4 week tour of Australia and Hong Kong. Also in this year, original bassist Steve C left the band, to be replaced by Leon Muncaster who was with the band in time to record 3rd full-length Third Time Lucky in 2001, which was released on UK label Deck Cheese.
In May 2001 the band released Dead End Town, from Third Time Lucky, as a single which garnered some radio airplay on BBC Radio 1 amongst other stations. During this time, Vanilla Pod played gigs alongside bands such as Less Than Jake.
Deciding to become a five-piece, Steve C temporarily rejoined the band (with current bassist Leon moving over to 2nd guitar) before ultimately being replaced by Tom Wicks.
October 2002 saw the band complete a full UK tour alongside Capdown.
Early 2003 saw Tom Wicks leave the band to be replaced by Goober Patrol bassist Tom Blyth. Later in the year the band recorded their 4th 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,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 returned to the studio to record their 5th full-length album - entitled Poets on Payday - which would see release in October 2009 on Boss Tuneage.