The Hope Blister


The Hope Blister were an ambient band that were active from 1997 to 1999.

The Hope Blister
GenresAmbient, ethereal wave, dream pop
Years active1997–1999
Past membersLouise Rutkowski
Laurence O'Keefe
Audrey Riley


The band was directed by 4AD Records founder Ivo Watts-Russell,[1] with the music played by singer Louise Rutkowski, bass player Laurence O'Keefe and string arranger Audrey Riley.[2]

The band grew out of the This Mortal Coil project, but with a fixed line-up and focused on cover versions. They released two albums, ...Smile's OK in 1998 and Underarms (featuring vocals by Momus) in 1999,[3] with the band splitting that year following Watts-Russell's retirement from the music industry.[4] An expanded version of Underarms was released in 2005 as Underarms and Sideways, featuring a bonus disc of remixes.[5][6]



  1. ^ None. "J Spot: Finding the Plot". Santa Fe Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  2. ^ "The official website for independent record label 4AD". 4AD.
  3. ^ "The Hope Blister:'s OK". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  4. ^ "The Hope Blister". Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  5. ^ "The Hope Blister". Discogs.
  6. ^ Bergstrom, John. "The Hope Blister: Underarms / Sideways, PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 17 July 2021.

External linksEdit

  • The Hope Blister on 4AD website