Trembling Blue Stars

Trembling Blue Stars

Trembling Blue Stars is a London-based band that currently includes members Robert Wratten and Beth Arzy (who was also in Aberdeen until they split up in 2005). Begun as a side project of Wratten's previous band Northern Picture Library, Trembling Blue Stars became Wratten's main band when Northern Picture Library broke up in 1995. Wratten took the name of his band from "The Story of O" by Pauline Réage. The Stars are characterized by slow songs with jangly guitars and introspective, painful lyrics.

Many of their lyrics deal with Wratten attempts to come to grips with his relationship and subsequent break-up with Annemari Davies, who was in The Field Mice and Northern Picture Library with him. Their first album, "Her Handwriting", was released in 1996 to critical acclaim and had a small release on Shinkansen Recordings (the successor of Sarah Records). The album was melancholic and moody as Wratten's lyrics went through the sad and happy moments of his relationship with Annemari. There was never meant to be a real band, just one album as mostly a solo project with some help from Annemari and a few others, but after the success of "Her Handwriting", Wrattan put a band together, went touring and began work on a second album. In-fighting led to multiple line up changes, and original member Gemma Townley was replaced by Ian Catt. In 2003, all members were let go by Wratten except for Arzy. Producer Ian Catt has worked on every release.

Other previous members include Michael Hiscock, Keris Howard (previously of the Sarah Records-era band Brighter) and Harvey Williams. Annemari Davies remains a frequent guest vocalist.


"Lips That Taste of Tears", the band's second album, was released in April 1997. The album received acclaim again, but was not supported through touring, like the first album, because Annemari had a case of stage fright and refused to tour, although she was a part of later tours. "Broken By Whispers", their third album, was released in 2000 saw them getting more press and radio play. "Dark Eyes", the second single, was voted Single of the Week on Mark Radcliffe's show on BBC 1. The mood was still melancholic, but this album saw the band experimenting with more bass and synth sounds. It was this album that was picked up by Seattle's Sub Pop Records and gave the band their first release in North America. They also were able to record a live session on the John Peel show in 2001.

In 2001, Trembling Blue Stars released "Alive To Every Smile", which still featured Annemari on vocals, along with Arzy. The album was widely acclaimed and adds more synth and beats to Wrattan's painful and frank lyrics, including one of their most famous songs "The Ghost of an Unkissed Kiss," which combined a dance-pop sensibility with more traditional twee aspects. Multiple EP releases have been regularly made in between the releases of each album. The band also collected some singles for a compilation called "A Certain Evening Light" in 2003. In 2005, their fifth album "The Seven Autumn Flowers" was released on Bar None Records in both the US and UK after they left Shinkansen. A brief mini-tour of the United States in late 2005 promoted it. Their sixth album "The Last Holy Writer" was released through Elefant Records in 2007 and will be featured in the feature film The Sculptor (film).



*"Her Handwriting", April 1996
*"Lips That Taste of Tears", February 1998
*"Broken By Whispers", February 2000
*"Alive To Every Smile", October 2001
*"The Seven Autumn Flowers", January 2005
*"The Last Holy Writer", April 2007


*"The Rainbow", November 1997
*"Dark Eyes", October 1999
*"She Just Couldn't Stay", January 2000
*"Ghost of an Unkissed Kiss", September 2001
*"Slow Soft Sighs", April 2002
*"Southern Skies Appear Brighter", June 2004
*"Bathed In Blue", March 2005
*"Exploring the Shadows", November 2007


*"A Certain Evening Light", June 2003

ide Projects

The Occasional Keepers, 2005

Love Goes On (Tribute to Grant mcLennan), november 2007

Future Conditional, 2007

The Occasional Keepers, spring 2008 The bands music will be used in the Australian feature film 'The Sculptor' []

ee also

* The Field Mice
* Northern Picture Library
* Aberdeen

External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ MySpace page]
* [ Trembling Blue Stars biography by Matt Haynes of Shinkasen Recordings]
* [ Trembling Blue Stars biography by Michael Hill of Bar None Records]

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