We Are Temporary

We Are Temporary live in Brooklyn, NY

Stream the new We Are Temporary song “I Can’t Breathe” (In Memory of Eric Garner)

“Haunting… a spacey mix of dark-wave and electronic goth that’s heavy on atmospherics, with effects that sound as if they might just evaporate like paint thinner” — The Village Voice


We Are Temporary, the wired and weird brainchild of Brooklyn’s Mark Roberts, is as much the result of a musical obsession as a philosophical one. Drawing from influences in electronic music, dream pop, darkwave, industrial, ambient, and post-rock, oscillating without inhibition between musical violence and frailty, lyrical defensiveness and vitriol, bursts of optimism and nihilism. Featured in outlets such as The Village Voice, Brooklyn Vegan, Medium, Under The Radar, and Impose, his sound and intensity have been compared to bands like Crystal Castles, Fever Ray, iamamiwhoami, Gesaffelstein, Black Marble, Light Asylum, Boards of Canada, and early Skinny Puppy.

A debut EP “Afterthoughts” released in July 2013 via Brooklyn label Stars & Letters Records, with three new singles releasing in 2014—a collaboration with label-mate Misfit Mod, a Lana Del Rey cover, and a song in memory of Eric Garner). The much beloved (and now-shuttered) Brooklyn venue Glasslands presented his live debut in June 2014, with subsequent shows at Cameo Gallery, Trans Pecos, and Pianos (CBGB Music Festival) to follow; more shows are scheduled for spring and summer in New York. His debut full-length album is slated for a 2015 release.

Press Quotes

“A spacey mix of dark-wave and electronic goth that’s heavy on atmospherics, with effects that sound as if they might just evaporate like paint thinner”The Village Voice

“Using a dark production style [We Are Temporary] provokes feelings of mortality and melancholy… heartbreaking and deeply troubling”— Cuepoint (by Medium)

“Otherworldly and downright gritty”Under The Radar (US)

“Catchy electronic pop”Brooklyn Vegan

“Haunting, mesmerizing, magical… the result is simply overwhelming.” — Against the Odds

“Lyrics like old love notes… smeared like tears on running eye-liner”Impose Magazine

“One of the most real artists you will ever have the pleasure to experience” Floorshime Blog

“Stunning… throbbing with sultry passion, offering up a host of inventive blasts of dense instrumentation before suddenly feeling as light as a breeze.”Gold Flake Paint

“Stark electronica with a very vulnerable human heart” POP LIB

“An incredible release that everyone should check out” Earbuddy

“Simultaneously brutal and brittle; lyrics scathe like steelo over jagged synths and rhythms” Cheese On Toast

“A sense of epic, but touching greatness” Deer Du Bois

Stream or Embed Singles


We Are Temporary – Gods & Monsters (Lana Del Rey cover)

We Are Temporary – Machine Love (feat. Misfit Mod)

We Are Temporary – Afterthoughts EP

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