Assemblage 23 Coffee Cups Now Available
Now shipping - high quality black 11oz black ceramic coffee cup with Assemblage 23 logo on one side and “This is why I find myself awake” lyric from A23's “Awake” on the other side. Ships well-packed in a sturdy box. Get yours today!
Assemblage 23 Joins Line-up for M'era Luna 2024
I'm happy to announce that we will be making our return to M'era Luna in Germany next August. With almost a year to plan, you've got no excuse to miss this one! Tickets: https://www.meraluna.de/tickets
Assemblage 23 and Helix Last Shows of 2023
Coming up in October:
• Saturday, October 7th - Helix @ AbsolutionFest in Tampa, FLA
• Friday, October 13th - A double-header of Assemblage 23 and Helix @ Elysium in Austin, TX
These will be our last shows for 2023, but don't worry - we've already been booking a bunch of shows for 2024!
Assemblage 23 Feeds the Gremlins After Midnight
Out now is Assemblage 23's remix of Extize's “Gremlins in the System”, which, to my knowledge, is so far the only EBM song ever made about the classic 80's movie. Here's a link tree for places you can stream or purchase it:.
Assemblage 23 Remixes Thomas Beaver's “Twin”
Also out now is my remix of “Twin” by Thomas Beaver, a thumping dark electro banger for the dancefloor with smooth vocoded vocals. Grab it on Bandcamp!
Assemblage 23 Remixes Elezoria
Check out this new remix I did for Elezoria.
Helix to Perform at Memorial Show
For any New Englanders, Helix will be playing a live set as part of a memorial show for Bill King. You may recall Helix put out a charity single called "For Bill". This is that Bill. Helix will be playing first, so make sure to get there early! Saturday, August 19th @ The Met in Pawtucket, RI. Doors are at 7PM and Helix goes on at 8PM. Tickets are $20 with all profits going to Bill's family.
Get your tickets here: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6293639/a-memorial-show-for-bill-king-with-she-rides-the-hollow-sound-helix-pawtucket-the-met-ri?fbclid=IwAR1Ds81JEmzSAcRgPco-r7EojHIQFzuj819rgx16q5tEJujqojpvKZBmH-g&mibextid=Zxz2cZ
I've listed our other shows this year as well. Feel free to give Helix a follow on bandsintown.com to be informed any time we're playing near you:
And if you want Helix to come play your town, bug your local promoters!
Happy Pride Month!
A23 wants to wish all of our LGBTQ+ fans a very safe and happy pride month. Never be ashamed to love who you love!
Upcoming Shows This Month
After a string of European festival dates, A23 returns to North America!
• Friday, June 16th @ New World Tampa in Tampa, FL - Support from Mari Kattman and Violent Vickie. GET TICKETS
• Saturday, June 17th @ Conduit in Winter Park, FL - Support from Mari Kattman and Element 104. GET TICKETS
• Friday, June 23rd @ Foufounes Electrique in Montreal, QC - Support from Helix and DaGeist. GET TICKETS
New Shirt Design Pre-Orders Open
Head on over to the Assemblage 23 Web Shop and check out the new t-shirt design Sam Pfannkuche did for us. You might remember Sam as the guy who did the cover art for Endure, Mourn, and the 20th Anniversary Edition of Failure. Shirts are expected to ship to me in about a week. Preorders are open now!
Assemblage 23 & Helix to Perform in Montreal
It's been something like 15 years since Assemblage 23 last played in Montreal, so I am happy to announce that A23 and Helix will both be performing there on Friday, June 23rd at the legendary Foufounes Electrique! See you there! BUY TICKETS.
Denmark Show Announced!
One more show announcement - we were originally scheduled to play in Copenhagen in 2020, but the pandemic hit and we were forced to cancel. So now, 13 years since our last visit, we're returning to Copenhagen, Denmark hot on the heels of our appearance at the Subkult Festival in Sweden! Hope to see lots of you suspiciously tall people there!
08th July 2023 - Copenhagen (DK), Lygten Station
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/761924901968129
Assemblage 23 Joins Lineup of Sweden's Subkult Festival
Assemblage 23 shows in Sweden have a special kind of energy I've never experienced anywhere else, so I am very excited to announce that we'll be returning for the first time in probably over 10+ years to perform at the Subkult festival in Vänersborg, Sweden on July 7th (the festival itself goes from July 6-8) That just happens to be the birthday of A23 keyboardist Paul Seegers as well, so it will be a doubly momentous occasion! We hope to see lots of you there. For more info, visit the their Facebook event page.
Assemblage 23 Announces 2 Florida Shows
Assemblage 23 will be performing live dates in Tampa (June 16th @ New World Music Hall) and Orlando (June 17th @ Conduit). Both shows will have support by Mari Kattman. These will be 2 of only 4 shows we'll be playing in the US this year, so don't miss it!
Tickets for Tampa
Tickets for Orlando
Helix Announces Performance at Absolution Fest 2023
Helix, my project with vocalist Mari Kattman, will be joining the lineup for the 2023 edition of Tampa's excellent Absolution Fest. If you've never been before, it's a really excellent showcase for established and up and coming dark music acts alike and has a really different vibe from a lot of other scence festivals. For tickets and more information, visit the official website.
Download Some Free Synth Drum Samples from A23
Just a little present to any and all electronic musicians out there. This is a set of 23 (har) synthesized drum sounds I created on the excellent PWM Malevolent synthesizer sampled as 24-bit WAVs. Enjoy!
Unitcode:Machine Releases New EP with Assemblage 23 Remix
Unitcode:Machine has released a new EP entitled “Undone” which contains a remix by yours truly. Check it out!
nolongerhuman Also Releases New EP with Assemblage 23 Remix
Give a listen to this remix I did for nolongerhuman. And of course check out the other tracks, too!
New Charity Single from Helix
I hope everyone's new Year is off to a good start. We're hitting 2023 running with a new standalone track from Helix called "For Bill", out exclusively on Bandcamp on February 3rd. All proceeds from the single go to the surviving family of Mari's dear friend Bill, who took his life this past November and left behind two young daughters and his wife.
Here's what Mari had to say: "Bill was the first person in my life to truly believe in me and my skill as a musician, he was one of my first bandmates. We played together side by side on stage when only church basements would book us because we were only 15. He was an excellent bassist, electric to watch, even as a kid. However, Bill held a lot of sadness and he did this behind a big bright laugh and smiling bright blue eyes. He didn't want to talk about those types of things ever but he truly was a kid with the world on his shoulders.
We lost touch as we grew older and each went our separate ways. However, last October 2022, out of the blue Bill surprised me and came to see me perform. I cried when I saw him. Here was my past, here was 15, here was that spark that started it all. I hugged him over and over and told him how much it meant to me that he could have come to see. I told him all of the wonderful journeys music has taken me on, how grateful I was for his belief in me all those years ago. That I even met my handsome, talented, amazing husband due to the fact that I never gave up on my dreams. He smiled so big, that smile I always knew and loved and told me how proud he was of me. That meant everything to me to hear that. I walked away from that evening at a loss for words of how lucky I was to see my old friend again.
A month later, I read the crushing news that Bill had died and it felt like the wind was knocked out of me. Bill had taken his own life. You know I ran our conversations over and over in my mind. I should have known, I should have reached out more. So many questions you are left with after that. It's such a dark, confusing place to be in and will always be."
The single will come out exclusively on Bandcamp on Friday, February 3rd. The track will cost $1, but supporters are welcome to pay more, if they wish. All proceeds go to Bill’s wife and daughters. Pre-orders are open now at: https://helix.bandcamp.com
Thanks for a Wonderful 2022
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for a great 2022. in addition to releasing a new Helix EP and countless remixes, A23 got to do some more live shows following the pandemic. 2023 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. Stay tuned for more newsand have a happy and healthy 2023!
Assemblage 23 and Helix to Play Resistanz Festival
I'm happy to report that both Assemblage 23 and Helix will be a part of the 2023 edition of the Resistanz Festival in Sheffield, UK on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. This will be Helix's very first European date, so don't miss it!
Free Patches for Arturia SQ80V from Assemblage 23
A couple of months back, I posted on Facebook that I had found a 34+ year old diskette that contained a bunch of synth sounds I made for the Ensoniq SQ-80 synth, the second synth I ever owned. Since Arturia had recently released a VST emulation of that synth that could load sys-ex data from the original, the first thing I did was import all those banks and convert them for use in Arturia SQ80V.
So, in the spirit of giving, I went through and selected the best of the sounds I had made across various banks, and I'm sharing them with you. I decided to include the 40 best sounds I made, since this was the size of a bank on the SQ-80. The sounds are as 16/17 year old me made them in 1988, warts and all. The only alterations I've made is to add basic effects like reverb, since the original synth lacked built-in effects.
Now, I was obviously just a kid when I made these sounds, so manage your expectations, but hopefully you'll find something cool and useful here to inspire your own music. Happy Holidays to you all! Onward to 2023!
Upcoming Shows in the US
Just a reminder if you're in the Northeast US, we have a couple live shows just around the corner.
• Friday, September 30th @ Dusk - Providence, RI 8PM
• Saturday, October 1st @ QXT's - Newark, NJ 0 10:30PM
Both shows with Mari Kattman as support. Hope to see lots of you there! We've missed you!
Assemblage 23 Joins the Line-up For Plage Noire 2023
I'm happy to announce we will be joining the line-up of the Plage Noire Festival in Germany next year to make up for our prior cancellation. We are so happy to be part of this line-up!
• Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th - Plage Noire - Waisenhäuser Strand (GER) - Show day will be announced later
Assemblage 23 Remixes the Gentry
Out now is the "Latent Stranger" single, from Portland, Oregon's criminally underrated The Gentry. Check it out!