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JANUARY 2, 2007


LOCAL ROCK

Temper
Hang By Your Own Tail
(Self-released)
Essential: "3 Tales"

Pete Sutton is an unsung hero in Boston. He's been part of popular club bands the Ray Corvair Trio and Electrolux , but now he tackles a more lushly ambient and majestic project. Temper features the bass-playing Sutton (who wrote all the songs) and ethereal singer/guitarist Skyla , singer/keyboardist Carlene Barous , and drummer Nancy Delaney . Together they make music that sounds like an updated Kate Bush by way of Roxy Music, Enya, Air, and even the Beach Boys . There's a melancholy twist to the atmospheric "Wee Regret" and "Tough Luck," but there's also a wondrously dreamy romanticism in "Somewhere Man" and "Day and Night," with its line, "I see the doorway to your soul and once I'm in, I'm never coming out." The quality is startling. Temper sounds like a band that could be playing the Orpheum rather than club hopefuls. The production is seamless, the arrangements are challenging, and the result is an ecstatic pulse that lifts this album far above the mundane. [Steve Morse]

- boston globe


TEMPER
Hang by Your Own Tail
10-song CD
Pete Sutton writes the songs, contributes vocals, and plays bass, accompanied by Carlene Berous on vocals and keyboards, Skyla Fay on guitar and vocals, and Nancy Delaney on drums. A few of the songs here have their special individual charms; the high points are the warm and memorable melody and sweetly ingratiating harmony vocals of “Day and Night”; the languid goth feel of “Wee Regret”; and the monumentally delirious feel of a mid-tempo ballad such as “3 Tales,” which ends with a breathtaking guitar solo. I also like the loping bass line of the ambient instrumental “Looks Aren’t Everything.”...at its best, this collection offers finely textured, highly atmospheric compositions suffused with prog-rock and Beatle-esque elements. (Francis DiMenno)

- the noise


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temper's debut cd, "hang by your own tail" a full-length record, was released in december 2006.

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a veteran of the boston music scene for over 15 years, pete sutton has been an in-demand bass player and part of some of the most influential music to come out of the city. pete previous bands include the barnies, trona, and baby ray. pete is currently a member of the willard grant conspiracy, ray corvair trio, mick mondo, and electrolux.

temper is pete's first foray into songwriting as well as fronting his own band. it's a marked difference from previous gigs. the music is more atmospheric, dynamic, driven by pete's trademark thumping bass.
in the tradition of the beatles, pink floyd, and xtc, two lead vocals switch back and forth between songs; sometimes even within the same song.