Before launching his label Stars & Letters (home to Misfit Mod), Mark Roberts started writing music for his project We Are Temporary. Inspired by bands such as Skinny Puppy, Deine Lakaien, and Leæther Strip, Roberts will release his debut EP, Afterthoughts, on July 9th. The new release is filled with personal diary entries from Roberts’ life that includes such pained moments of relationship troubles and a near-death experience.
Roberts once overdosed at a friend’s house and had to be rushed to the ER. Says the musician, “I was absolutely hysterical and inconsolable. I thought I was dying, and no one I loved was there with me, and I hadn’t left anything meaningful behind.” After hours of delirium, Roberts lost consciousness: “When I finally gave up struggling, I fell through myself and awoke in a room of golden light. I was surrounded by dozens of people, whom I didn’t know, but who knew me and loved me. It was the most meaningful and humbling experience of my life, and I still can’t talk about it lucidly. When I woke up, all of those connections I had ignored—my partner, my parents, my friends—they suddenly seemed so important.”
This tragedy has led to an incredible release that everyone should check out. Listen to We Are Temporary’s first single from the release, “Satellites”, below. Visit the project’s WEBSITE to learn more.
Mark Roberts on “Satellites”:
“Of all the songs on Afterthoughts, I’ve lived with ‘Satellites’ the longest. I started writing it back in 2003 or 2004, during a period of real optimism and romanticism. Over the next 10 years, I went through a lot of ups and downs, but the hope I’m expressing in the song is just as true today as it was back then–even after all I’ve been through. My wife and I also wrote different lines of the lyrics, changing them as our relationship changed, so it’s a bit of a love letter to our marriage as well.”