"Somewhere between Mazzy Star and Doves, Trespasssers William fit snugly. But there is a spacious beauty to them that never really yields to the more pop-oriented leanings of the previous two. Trespassers William get an A in all respects. Its the right music for a troubled heart that needs to go through the motions." - Transform Online
"Singer Anna-Lynne Williams has one of those crystal-clear voices made up of shyness, loneliness and quiet despair, while her band dream up the kind of space country that might have sound tracked 'Twin Peaks: The Comedown Years".-NME
"If deep, breathy dreamscapes and ethereal, mournful elegance are what you seek, youll find them here. ..Tears will undoubtedly follow, of joy and despair, and an overwhelming desire to dwell in this space forevermore." -Logo Magazine
During more than ten years of developing a sound and community, Trespassers William switched several members before forming its current and longest lasting group: Matt Brown, Ross Simonini and Anna-Lynne Williams. The band became a presence on the music scene with their second album, Different Stars, which was originally released only in Europe but later, re-released worldwide on Nettwerk Records (2004). The album established Trespassers as subtle, nuanced songwriters and hinted at influences of ambient and folk and shoegaze. The group spent two years touring internationally and performed with such acts as Damien Rice, Stereolab, Morrissey, and Lisa Germano.
Then, in early 2005 they moved north, rented a house in the outskirts of Seattle, and began to reinterpret the focus of their sound. They began to create a more diverse sound through a constant rotation of instruments through band members and hands-on studio manipulation. After completing the recording in Seattle, the band traveled to Tarbox Studios (Buffalo, New York) and finished the record with renowned producer/mixer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, Low, etc.). Dave helped to push their songs toward more complex textures and into deeper extremes of quiet and loud.
2007 finds the addition of drummer Nathan Skolrud, the Noble House ep, several solo projects and a new record in the writing stage. The Noble House ep veers slightly from the band's epic shoegaze sound and instead takes turns immersing itself in several of the band's influences: folk, ambient, and instrumental music in turn. It features a cover of Idaho's song "To be the One" as well as compositions by each of the band's members.
Upcoming side projects of the band include a solo record from Matt Brown (Disinterested), a solo record from Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte), a solo record from Nathan Skolrud (N.C. Skolrud), a solo record from Ross Simonini (Rooos!), and a collaboration between Anna-Lynne and Ross (Tunnel-Tunnel).
Trespassers William songs have been featured in the films "A Love Song For Bobby Long" and "Annapolis" as well as on several TV series and soundtracks. Anna-Lynne appeared on the Chemical Brothers release "Push the Button".