Upset The Rhythm presents: Excepter + Helm + Design A Wave


Tuesday 24 July 2012


Door Times : 8pm

Tickets : £8 advance


UTR present the debiut UK show for american improvisatory electronic rock group Excepter. A destruction of the division between performance and programming. An electric city, a test of endurance and entrancement. Mystic rips in liminality.

N.B. Tickets for this show also guarantee free entry to John Fell Ryan's experimental simulcast soundtracking to 'The Shining' on July 25th (venue TBA) and an improv set at Rough Trade East on July 26th using the in house Schneiders Buro synth test station. You will also receive a free super limited CD of rare and unreleased Excepter tracks.


Formed in NYC 2002, Excepter have over 23 recordings released on various labels: Fusetron; Load; 5RC; Paw Tracks; RVNG. A group mind experience, Excepter brought to bear upon the world of electronic dance music the improvisational discipline of founder John Fell Ryan's membership in The No-Neck Blues Band. Slowly shifting in line-ups and styles over the years, Excepter always produces its core sound of multiple voices, winds and percussion echoing over free-form machine rhythms and synthesizer.

With the passing of Excepter vocalist and drummer Clare Amory in February 2011, surviving members spread to different cities across the States. Lala and John Fell Ryan now live and work in Los Angeles, joining satellite member Robert Girardin. Nathan Corbin moved and rebuilt his studio outside Sante Fe, New Mexico. Jon Nicholson still holds down Excepter presence in New York City.

Excepter continue to record new material and perform on stage. STREAMS 2, a box set edit of performances by the 2007-2009 sextet edition of Excepter, will finally see release. Plans are underway to bring the band to Europe and the United Kingdom.

John Fell Ryan: Vocals, Percussion, Electronics
Lala: Vocals, Synthesizer, Electronics, Wind
Robert Girardin: Vocals, Synthesizer, Electronics
Jon Nicholson: Synthesizer, Electronics, Guitar
Jon Williams: Lights, Electronics
Zebrablood: Synthesizer, Electronics


Helm is Luke Younger - a Sound Artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources.

Younger's compositions build a dense aural landscape that touches on musique concrete, uncomfortable sound poetry, noise, and hallucinatory drones. His most last LP for the Kye label, Cryptography, presents a five-part suite of expertly rendered electro-acoustic study which uses processed piano, Casio MT-40, cymbal and broken guitar strings. Younger creates a world where these instruments morph into spectral rust, a shimmering klang swims alongside passive noise and the relationship between acoustic and electronic derived sounds forms a solid foundation. This sound is steered through a melange of fringe territories: glacial drone meditations, reconfigured gamelan clusters, and howling walls of organized feedback, all coalesced in a post-industrial fashion with a commitment to homemade exploratory zeal.

For the past ten years, Younger has also performed extensively in Europe and the US with Steven Warwick as pioneering avant-drone duo Birds of Delay. New LP 'Impossible Symmetry' is out now on PAN.

Alter Stock website


DESIGN A WAVE aka Tom Hirst has been making music for many moons. Initial buds featured tape collages, distangled pop music, various dictaphone experiments, and over time all this meshed and warped into his solo musical venture known as Design A Wave. Initiated in the late 90's, the project was loosely named after one of the gangs in the Troma film Surf Nazis Must Die which, alongside other similar movies and music of it's time, informed a particular vision of an idealized weird - a trashy synth orientated 80s B-movie soundtrack, which provided an aesthetic platform on which to dive, surf and ride. Over time the sound grew vocals, a live component formed, and a shift away from abstract recordings via more overt emotional territory brings us to the current byproduct. The 'Live On Your Yard' EP released on Alter presents four tracks of emotive and melancholic synth pop that point towards the eccentricity of artists like Snakefinger and Tuxedomoon, the synthetic slickness and charity shop glamour of Italo Disco, and the misery of coldwave. Right now Tom is working on a full length LP for Alter and Upset the Rhythm and recently made an appearance on the brilliant 'Still Going In Offices' compilation on Savoury Days.

Design A Wave website