In 2016 Ryan Meier and Marion Earley split from their respective bands to embark on a new project, Gentle Temper. Self-described as the ocean folk duo, over the course of their formation they explored newer, more intimate musical territory and have woven a new cloak from a stripped, lyrically-driven thread. Their sound swings from calm to calamity like the tides they often allude to. Their strength lies in the undercurrent of their musical dialogue through a wash of shared melody and harmony and the interplay of their humanity.
After nearly a year of sporadic trips to Red Bull Arts recording studio in 2017, Gentle Temper have realized their debut album, “Our Warm Red Light”. Released on October 7th, 2018, “Our Warm Red Light” tells the story of two people exercising the boundaries of their comfort and participating in the life of the other. Their story recites the journey of hardship and reward for a fledgling duo determined to grow.
GT has opened for nationally touring acts LOLO, Bombadil, The Ballroom Thieves, and 2014 NPR "Favorite New Artist" The Family Crest. The duo has performed in support of numerous charitable organizations including Relay for Life, Casa Myrna Vasquez Inc., The Chikombuso Foundation for Widows & Orphans, as well as performances in support of The American Civil Liberties Union. They appeared recently on NBC10 Boston for their 1st place finish at the Lizard Lounge Main Event in July, 2018.
The duo is currently nominated for "New Artist of the Year" at the 2018 Boston Music Awards.
“It’s that gritty strumming. It’s that initial wail, followed by an insistent and groovy vocal. It’s the way this song grabs you and won’t let go… [It] builds and builds, takes a breath, and comes right back at you.”
- Red Line Roots
“Between elegant performances of the harmony laced 'Mouthful of Saltwater' and the earnest, smokey folk of 'Heavy Handed', Meier and Earley describe how they met, their creative process, and their interpretation of Ocean Folk, ultimately concluding Sleep It Off with a spirited performance of the epic 'Sunnyside'."
- Deli Magazine
“Wistful, harmony-drenched balladeers of the modern condition, these folks may become your new local favorites.”
- Aeronaut Allston
“Songs like “Cut My Brakes” and “Cold Shoulder” intertwine stirring lyrics with soft melodies, enveloping the listener in a blanket of emotional storytelling and acoustic guitar. Their songs deal with universal issues like feeling out of control and finding one’s place, but their details bring forth the distinct bite of authenticity that only comes with revealing one’s heart-wrenching experiences for the world to hear.”