Ex-Temper creates pivoting, unpredictable, guitar-driven rock layered with catchy melodies and three-part vocal harmonies. Once described as "Fugazi meets the Andrews Sisters” and credited with playing "heavy, head-banging riffs,” their lyrics explore everything from heartbreak and obsession, to prominent social issues like police brutality, mass shootings, the inefficiency of white guilt, and mansplaining; as well as mysteries like the Green Children of Woolpit, and existential questions such as if an organ donor’s consciousness or memories can be transplanted into the recipient’s mind.
The band formed in 2015, when Kaliis Smith, Kate Dowd, and Lynn Simonds, who knew each other from playing in the Northampton, MA music scene with other bands, sought each other out with the intention of starting an all-female rock band that specialized in being kick-ass while maintaining steadfast musicality. Dana Wilde joined in 2016 and since then the band has played dozens of shows with venues ranging from basements, bars, all-ages community spaces, and stages like The Iron Horse (Northampton, MA), Gateway City Arts (Holyoke, MA), and The Stone Church (Brattleboro, VT). Ex-Temper has shared the stage with Kristin Hersh, Aye Nako, The Winterpills, Bent Knee, Vundabar, Spouse, and GRLwood.
After years of honing their craft, their self-titled EP was released on March 4, 2022. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Mark Alan Miller at Sonelab Recording Studios in Easthampton, MA. This release follows up their first EP “Magnetic” from 2018, available on Bandcamp.