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OriginLondon, England
GenresRap rock, industrial hip hop, rapcore, alternative rock, rap metal
Years activeLate 1980s–present
LabelsUltimate, A&M, One Little Indian, Imprint Music
MembersHeitham Al-Sayed
Erika Footman
Nick Michaelson
James Barrett
John Morgan
Past membersKerstin Haigh
Paul Soden
Alan 'Hagos/Haggis' Haggarty
Richard Ford
Timothy Morton
Andy "Awe" Clinton

Senser are a politically charged UK rap rock band, originally formed in South West London from a group of friends in the late 1980s. The initial line-up comprised Nick Michaelson (guitar), Heitham Al-Sayed (vocals), Kerstin Haigh (vocals), John Morgan (drums), James Barrett (bass) and Alan "Hagos/Haggis" Haggarty (engineer, producer, programmer) and in 1992 they were joined by Spiral Tribe D.J, Andy Clinton.[1] The band toured in support of psychedelic rockers the Ozric Tentacles in 1992.[1] In 1993, the band were signed to Ultimate Records.


In 1993, Senser released two indie singles on Ultimate – "Eject" and "The Key".

In March 1994, Senser released their third single, "Switch", which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 39. Senser's first album, Stacked Up, was released in May 1994, and entered the UK Albums Chart at number 4.

At the beginning of 1995, Senser toured the UK supported by Skunk Anansie before setting off to tour the United States with Moby. It was during this tour that the band decided to split over musical differences. Al-Sayed and Morgan left to form a new band with Haggis called Lodestar.[1] The remaining members of Senser found a new drummer, Paul Soden, and set about writing Senser's second album.

During the spring of 1997, they recorded the second album. And in the summer of 1997 De-Senser released "Om".

In the summer of 1998, Haigh was able to tour and the band released the second album, Asylum. Once again musical differences became apparent and in February 1999 the band decided to split.

In 2003, the original lineup reunited originally to perform at one show, but decided to re-form and record again. They released their third studio album SCHEMAtic in 2004. A concert performance was released in 2006 as Live At The Underworld.

In 2009, they released How To Do Battle.[2]

In 2013, they released their fifth album To the Capsules via Pledgemusic and toured with Erika Footman on vocals in place of Kerstin Haigh.[3]

In 2014, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut Stacked Up, the band re-released the album in expanded edition with a remastered version of the original tracks on the first CD, and bonus tracks from the era (remixes and previously unreleased songs) on the second disc.[4]

Soundtracks to films[edit]

"The Key" was used as part of the cult extreme 90s ski film, The Tribe.

Senser's song "States of Mind" from Stacked Up was used as the soundtrack to the well-known demoscene production State of Mind by Bomb.[5]

In 2012, one of their songs was also used in the soundtrack to the film Learning Hebrew: A Gothsploitation Movie.[6]



Stacked Up (1994) Ultimate/A&M UK No. 4[1]

  1. States of Mind
  2. The Key
  3. Switch
  4. Age of Panic
  5. What's Going On
  6. One Touch One Bounce
  7. Stubborn
  8. Door Game
  9. Peanut Head
  10. Peace
  11. Eject
  12. No Comply
  13. Worth

Asylum (1998) Ultimate UK No. 73[1]

  1. Book of Flies
  2. Charming Demons
  3. Adrenaline
  4. Strange Asylum
  5. Burn Out
  6. Desensitised
  7. Breed
  8. Lizard
  9. Oyster
  10. Weatherman

Asylum (Limited Edition) (1998) "Senser Vs. De:Senser"

  1. Charming Demons (DJ "Awe" mix)
  2. Eye Kaleid
  3. Tried & Untested
  4. Om (Harry Hogg mix)
  5. Rows of People
  6. Gabba Man

Parallel Charge (2001) Strike Back

  1. Age Of Panic
  2. Charming Demons
  3. States Of Mind
  4. Strange Asylum
  5. Switch
  6. Breed
  7. The Key
  8. Adrenalin
  9. Eject
  10. Lizard
  11. Stubborn
  12. Book of Flies
  13. No Comply
  14. Desensitized

SCHEMAtic (2004) One Little Indian

  1. Silent By
  2. 101 Infoburner
  3. Bulletproof
  4. Formula Milk
  5. Crucible
  6. Return to Zombie Island
  7. An Astounding Spectacle
  8. Photographed Files
  9. Bomb Factories
  10. A Conscious War
  11. The Brunt

How To Do Battle (2009) Imprint

  1. Wake Up, You’re On Fire
  2. Resistance Now
  3. Brightest Rays
  4. 2 3 Clear
  5. Dictator Bling
  6. End Of The World Show
  7. Smoking Paranoia
  8. Sandhurst in Zero G
  9. So Refined
  10. Hex
  11. Fairytale
  12. Lights Out
  13. Arturo
  14. Blind (iTunes Bonus Track)

To The Capsules (2013)

  1. Devoid
  2. Time Travel Scratch
  3. Witch Village
  4. Wounded Spectre
  5. Break The Order
  6. Alpha Omega
  7. Liquidity
  8. Echelon
  9. Chemtrails
  10. Let There Be War


  • "Eject" (1993), Ultimate
  • "The Key" (1993), Ultimate – UK #47[1]
  • "Switch" (1994), Ultimate – UK #39[1]
  • "Age of Panic" (1994), Ultimate – UK #52[1]
  • "Charming Demons" (1996), Ultimate – UK #42[1]
  • "Adrenalin" (1998), Ultimate - UK #85
  • "Breed" (1998), Ultimate - UK #76
  • "Weatherman", Ultimate – promo only
  • De:Senser EP (1998), Ultimate
  • "The Brunt" (2004), One Little Indian
  • "Bulletproof" / "Crucible" (2004), One Little Indian
  • "Resistance Now" (2009), Imprint
  • Biting Rhymes EP (2011), Imprint – features hiphop covers[7]


  • States of Mind (1995), Ultimate (VHS)
  • Live at the Underworld (2006), Ignite (DVD/CD)


Current members[edit]

  • Heitham Al-Sayed (lead vocals/percussion, 1992–1995, 1999–present)
  • Nick Michaelson (guitar, 1992–present)
  • James Barrett (bass, 1992–present)
  • John Morgan (drums, 1992–1995, 1999–present)
  • Kerstin Haigh (vocals/flute, 1992–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Alan "Hagos/Haggis" Haggarty (sound engineering/programming/producer, 1992–1994, 1999–2004)
  • Paul Soden (drums, 1995–1999)
  • Erika Footman (vocals, 2013)
  • Andy "Awe" Clinton (turntables, 1992–2017)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Strong, Martin C. (1999) The Great Alternative & Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 0-86241-913-1, p. 551
  2. ^ "Senser – How To Do Battle " Bring the Noise UK". Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Wincott, Mark. "SENSER – To The Capsules". MetalMouth.Net. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Stacked Up XX".
  5. ^ "State of Mind by Bomb :: pouë". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Learning Hebrew: A Gothsploitation Movie". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Senser – Biting Rhymes". discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2015.

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