Trembling Blue Stars is the current project of Bob Wratten, former singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Field Mice and Northern Picture Library.
Whilst consistently writing perfectly formed pop songs, with exquisitely wrought lyrics that have broken hearts from Tokyo to Tacoma, Bob’s never been afraid to experiment, even at the risk of annoying stuck-in-the-mud indie deadheads who still insist that every track should be based ‘round a gently jangling guitar and a girl with a tambourine. Indeed, TBS’s second album was once dismissed disparagingly on internet message-boards by infuriated former fans as "techno garbage,” something which still mystifies Bob, who’s always regarded a sequencer as just as vital an instrument as a Rickenbacker 12-string. Which is why both feature heavily on Alive to Every Smile.
Since the last album, Trembling Blue Stars’ line-up has undergone something of a transformation. Bassist Michael Hiscock has moved back to France, his place being taken by Keris Howard, former singer/songwriter with Sarah Records band Brighter – Keris also has his own solo-project, Harper Lee, who record for Matinee Records. Vocalist Annemari Davies, meanwhile, has made way for Beth Arzy, who’s recently relocated to West London after gaining underground notoriety with Los Angeles pop-trio Aberdeen (also former Sarah artistes). In addition, the band now features Jonathan Akerman on drums and Harvey Williams on guitar and keyboards – Harvey played alongside Bob in The Field Mice, and has appeared with Trembling Blue Stars both live and in the studio over the years. He also had his own band on Sarah, the ironically monikered Another Sunny Day.
To support Alive to Every Smile Bob and his full band will be performing the select US dates below which mark the first US tour for Trembling Blue Stars:
2001-11-02 The Earl Atlanta GA w/ Elf Power2001-11-03 Cats Cradle Carrboro NC w/ Death Cab For Cutie
2001-11-04 Metro Café Washington DC
2001-11-05 Middle East Cambridge MA
2001-11-06 Mercury Lounge New York NY
2001-11-08 Khyber Pass Philadelphia PA w/ Mercury Program
2001-11-09 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights OH
2001-11-10 Schubas Chicago IL
2001-11-12 7th St Entry Minneapolis MN w/ Spectrum
2001-11-15 Crocodile Cafe Seattle WA
2001-11-16 Dantes Portland OR
2001-11-17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA w/ Death Cab For Cutie
2001-11-18 Spaceland Los Angeles CA
To learn more about this great album and to download an MP3 visit the release website: