"Ancient Tattoos"


"Ancient Tattoos" is the first single off Gentle Temper's debut full length studio album, "Our Warm Red Light". This song began as a poem written by Marion, with music written and arranged by Ryan and Marion. It is a lyrical bloodletting for feelings of self-contempt, evoking the desire to be somebody, or something, else. We hope this song allows you to feel whatever it is you're feeling, and, by its end, to let those feelings go.


Let me fall into a slumber so deep
It might just lock you up with me.
Maybe we'll sleep forever together,
Wouldn't mind that, would you mind that?
I wish I were an octopus, prowling a black sea
I wish I were anything but me.
No, there's no point to this
I've been rubbed raw and red, scars so tender then
But still it stings, the ink that buries
Engraved on my body for your eyes only.
I wish I were an octopus, prowling a black sea
I wish I were anything but me
I wish I were an octopus, drowning sailors in the sea
'Cause these ancient tattoos keep digging into me.
I'm no baby lying in an unattended crib,
Crying until my lungs give out.
I won't cry 'til my lungs give out.

These goddamn tattoos keep digging in.


Recorded and mixed by Peter Geiser at
Red Bull Arts Studios in New York, NY.
Photo by Ana Acevedo-Barga



"Sleep It Off" - The Live EP was recorded at Northeastern's Shillman Studios on November 18, 2017 in association with Green Line Records. The three songs on the EP are featured in a short documentary released about the duo via YouTube. This Live EP was released in December of 2017 and is the band's second official release. Find the songs on Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more.


Special thanks to Becca Peters, Wes Cannon, Cairo Marques-Neto, Joseph Newmann, Jacob Padilla, Anthony Farenwald, Hannah Bates, and Hayley Kuhlmann for making this project possible.



Sugar is Gentle Temper's first official release and first live acoustic single. It was recorded in association with Northeastern University's Green Line Records and was released in November of 2017.


Came crying to my mama, little kids being mean
Couldn't face it, wouldn't try, said I didn't know how to be
She said 'don't be angry, don't fight, a little patience won't bite.
You can kill them with kindness, so be kind.'
Now I've fought my own mind, been trampled and burned
Try so hard to change the current, stir up more trouble than it's worth
No use in fighting each other, we press our faces into dirt.
We've been running on sugar and scratching at our ears
Can't be bothered to bring up everything that's wrong with this picture
How the hell did we get here?

We try so hard to change the tide.



Recorded and mixed by Joseph Newmann.
Mastered by Joseph Newmann and Cairo Marques-Neto.
Artwork by Nina Earley.








Brandon Johnson - Live at Aeronaut Allston - 6.29.2018


Matthew Lomanno - Live at Prescott Park - 6.27.2018


Carter Howe - Live at Thunder Road - 3.6.2018


Mike Morrissey - Live at Aeronaut Brewing Company - 1.28.2018


Omari Spears - Live at Aeronaut -12.21.2017


Kaya Blaze - November 2017