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Excepter LIVE w/ HTRK NOV 6, 2019 at The Empty Bottle Chicago


HTRK —————— 11pm
Excepter ————– 10pm
Michael Vallera —– 9pm

November 6, 2019

The Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622


Excepter “The Debussy EP” Out Now On Bandcamp


The Debussy EP

1: Four Winds (4:49)
2: The Hotel (3:33)
3: Lake Effect (21:01)

Recorded Live To Stereo
September 16th, 2018
Ace Hotel Chicago
Courtesy the ACE AIR Program

Edited September 2018
North Beacon Studios Chicago

All music by Excepter
John Fell Ryan: Harmonica, Percussion, Programming, Synths
Lala Harrison Ryan: Flute, Harmonica, Programming, Synths
Produced by Lala & John Fell Ryan



Excepter moved to Chicago September of 2018. Upon our arrival, Matt Mehlan (Skeletons, Shinkoyo) — fellow vet of the Brooklyn 00s scene — invited us to an artist’s residency at The Ace Hotel Chicago. The conditions of the residency were simple: spend a free night in the hotel, make some art, and produce something the hotel’s marketing department could share on social media. A good excuse to get some recording in and maybe catch some “Shining” vibes, so the band accepted.

We checked in to our room and set up our studio on the windowsill, (which overlooked the local Google headquarters across the street.) We jammed on a track, and dubbed out into a drone, blowing harps in the shower. Shot a video. Took a band photo. Had a drink at the bar. Watched a movie. (Ken Russell’s “The Debussy Film” from whence we took the title.) Checked out at 11:00.





Excepter LIVE SUN MAY 26, 2019 at The Owl CHICAGO IL


Neobeat presents:

No Requests DJs

May 26th, 2019

The Owl
2521 N. Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL 60647 USA
No Cover


New Excepter Music Video “The Hotel”

Audio and video recorded September 16, 2018 at Ace Hotel Chicago as part of its artist-in-residence program.

The first new studio recording released by the band since 2014’s Familiar LP.

Excepter open for Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U Ahn Sahm Buhl at The Hideout, Chicago IL, OCT 6, 2018



Hieroglyphic Being & J.I.T.U Ahn Sahm Buhl


9PM OCT 6, 2018
The Hideout Inn
1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642

TIX $12


Excepter Live Album “STREAM 88” on Bandcamp


Recorded Live To Stereo
On Various Stages
NYC 2016

John Fell Ryan
Jon Nicholson
Lala Harrison Ryan
Erica Kenia
Macrae Semans

March 20 Trans Pecos
April 1 Palisades
April 22 The Bell House
May 13 Ave A
July 8 Trans Pecos

Dedicated to John The Baptist, Skinhead

The first STREAM released in over three years, STREAM 88 is a departure for the Excepter STREAMS series.  Instead of a single track documenting a single show, STREAM 88 is separated into individual, titled tracks and represents an entire year of shows. A final STREAM? Remains to be seen, but consider this a farewell kiss from Excepter to NYC…

Excepter Live at H0L0 Video

Full 06-02-18 set shot by Marko Krunic