Boomkat Product Review:
Having already contributed to the catalogues of esteemed labels like 5RC and Load, Excepter now make their Paw Tracks debut, and you could hardly imagine a more fitting outlet for such an eccentric collection of songs. Upon inserting the disc into iTunes (other music playback software is available) the genre listing comes up as 'Unclassifiable', and ain't that the truth. While you get the impression this band are probably best served by a live setting, their recorded works manage to communicate a state of freeform expression bordering on frenzy. In conjunction with the restless electronic production backdrop, Excepter's vocal presence seems militantly bizarre, with a host of voices, both male and female flying around the mix, often processed by some highly unconventional effects bank. The range of material Excepter are comfortable with is expansive to say the least: 'Shots Ring' sounds a bit like a Marilyn Manson record, with half-baked approximations of post-Nine Inch Nails, pseudo-industrial production styles, while 'And And Every' is like some woozy disco cut. Then you'll happen upon something like 'Sunrise', which taps into Can-style motorik grooves, decorated with distant sax warblings. It's all very confusing, but the enthusiasm of the performers is infectious to say the least. Ace.