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London, United Kingdom (1995 – present)

Trembling Blue Stars is a London based band led by former Northern Picture Library, The Yesterday Sky and The Field Mice frontman Bobby Wratten, considered by many the most brilliant and prolific songwriter in the recent history of British . Besides Wratten the current line-up includes Keris Howard, Beth Arzy and Jonathan Akerman, in many ways making the band an .

The band was formed in 1995 and all the songs on the debut album, Her Handwriting (the title is a quote from Part Company by The Go-Betweens) were recorded in Mitcham, south London, in December ‘95/ January ‘96, with long-time The Field Mice/Northern Picture Library producer Ian Catt, also known for his work as producer/arranger/co-songwriter for Saint Etienne. Released on Shinkansen Records (the label launched by Matt from Sarah Records) the album, which intimately details the break-up of a relationship, received universally good reviews.

Subsequent albums, Lips That Taste of Tears (1998) and Broken by Whispers (2000), showed a band constantly improving their skills, combining their usual melancholy with transparent pop.

In 2001 the fourth album Alive To Every Smile appeared featuring a new line-up with many ex-Sarah Records band members in its ranks: Keris Howard from Brighter/Harper Lee, Beth Arzy from Aberdeen and Harvey Williams from Another Sunny Day/The Field Mice. Annemari Davies (ex-The Field Mice) also collaborated with the band.


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  • J-Visual

    This band is fantastic.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ParadesGoBy23

    Very much disagree about them being boring.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • postcoitusrock

    I'll admit that FT&TW could be construed as pretty dull for a new listener but the rest is stellar.

    31 Mar 2013 Reply
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    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    I thought I'd like them since they took their name from one of my favorite books and I like Aberdeen, but they're kinda boring. Bummer. :(

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
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  • selleveux

    Makes me want to be seventeen.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • greatnecker

    I hate "discovering" great bands after their demise. Trembling Blue Stars seem pretty great to me!

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • yudaprayoga

    favorite (y)

    13 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ParadesGoBy23

    They always make me so sad, but in a heavenly sort of way. Bobby Wratten is incredible.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Unwashed

    Previously unreleased Trembling Blue Stars track on Dandelion Radio's FREE two volume birthday compilation - only available for one more week. Also features Darren Hayman, Beatnik Filmstars, Magoo and loads more. Available from

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • KatieDementie

    too vague...

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • tswiftlover

    Such a heavenly music.. so sad they're broken T T

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Unwashed

    Previously unreleased Trembling Blue Stars track features on Dandelion Radio's free birthday compilation 'Five Years'. Available for a limited time only at:

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • shaunwan

    there'll be no more trembling blue stars? :-( whatever bobby wratten does, there's always a special place in my heart for him.

    23 Apr 2011 Reply
  • vanilla_boy1

    It's sad they broke up, but hopefully Mr. Wratten and company will make music again. Or write and produce for other people. I love this band; they are indie royalty... and Beth Arzy like Annemari D. before her has an angelical voice, an indiepop princess. They mean a lot to their fans & we hope we have not seen the last of them.

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • nadyaCHUPPY

    Fast Trains and Telegraph Wires so so beautiful... nice album!

    8 Jan 2011 Reply
  • rafclos

    Mt. Desolation

    23 Dec 2010 Reply
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