News 8/5/13 

 Tom Shear DJ Set at Contour in Seattle Friday, August 16th
For those of you in Seattle, I will be DJing The Electric Tea Party @ Countour on 807 1st Avenue on Friday, August 16th.  Cover is $7, event is 21+.  Hope to see lots of you there!

Tickets for Triton Festival Still Available!
NYC's Triton Festival has an amazing line-up this year, and I'm proud that A23 is a part of it!  If you haven't heard of it, it's an actual 3-day festival in North America with top notch bands.  This isn't the sort of thing we are treated to very often in the US, so I hope we'll see lots of you out there to support it.  Check out both the offical website, and the Triton Festival Facebook page.

Summer Sale on the Assemblage 23 Online Store
It's August, and that means the end of summer is not far off, so I'm having a sale on the Assemblage 23 Online Store to clear out some space.  From now until the end of August, all 23db Records back catalog CDs (including Assemblage 23 "Early Rare and Unreleased")  are only $5.99.  Bruise t-shirts, US Tour t-shirts, and Aussie women's baby tees are only $10.99.  Looking for a hoodie with fall right around the corner?  Save $10 with hoodies at only $29.99. 

A Word About the Vinyl Sessions and Esper Machine Releases
I have sold out of all the copies I had onhand of the limited Assemblage 23 "The Vinyl Sessions".  If you are still looking for a copy, I understand Metropolis has about 40 copies left.  If you've been meaning to pick up the Esper Machine CD, you might not want to drag your feet, as there are only 4 copies left, and after that, it will only be available digitally.

Tom Shear Joins Line-Up of Polaroid Kiss
I am happy to announce that I have been added to the line-up of Polaroid Kiss and will be working with them on their debut album this fall.  Other members include Alex Swift (Massive Attack), Steve Hewitt (formerly of Placebo), Kevin Drake (formerly of 30 Seconds to Mars), and Film Composer and songwriter Noah Warner.

Update on Surveillance
Although I managed to mention it just about everywhere else, I was late in mentioning that the Indiegogo campaign I ran for my upcoming side project Surveillance came to a close at an amazing 600% of my goal.  I went into this as my first experience with crowd-funding and really had no idea what to expect.  The result was so far above what I could've even dreamed, I am still dumb-founded.  Work on the album continues, as does my outreach to some other artists for the digital remix album.  I've hired Samuel Pfannkuche to create the artwork for the album and remix album, as well as for the limited edition "contributors only" t-shirt.  I have begun contacting contributors to fullfill perks I can fullfill now and have already begin on the first remix.  If you haven't heard from me yet, don't panic.  This was a huge campaign, so it's going to be a lot for me to manage, but with the faith you all showed in me and this project, I have no doubt I'll pull it off!  (Oh, and if you didn't download the free Joy Division cover I did back in 1996 that I promised if the campaign ended above $15,000, you can grab it here!)


News - 6/21/13 

 My "Surveilance" Campaign Named Indiegogo's "Campaign of the Day"
I really didn't know what to expect when I launched the campaign to raise $2,500 with the goal of putting out an album by my new side project Surveillance.  Not only had I reached that goal in 12 hours, but the campaign is now closing in on $12,000 raised.  To say the response has exceeded my expectations would be an understatement.  This evening, I received an email from Indiegogo informing me that my campaign would be their "Campaign of the Day" for tomorrow, Saturday, June 22nd.  This means the campaign will be featured on their Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, giving a huge boost of exposure.  I couldn't have done this without you and the incredible faith you've put in this project at such an early stage.  So, thank you.

Additionally, I announced earlier today, that if the campaign breaks the $15,000 mark by the time it closes, I'll release a cover I did of Joy Division's "Interzone" that I recorded way back in 1996 for free on Soundcloud.  So please feel free to spread the word to your friends if you haven't already.  And if you have, thanks!

Haven't checked it out yet?  Go here and download your free track!

News 6/8/13 

 Assemblage 23 Announces New Side-Project Surveillance

I'm happy to announce a new side-project called Surveillance.  Surveillance will feature a darker, edgier, harder sound than A23 and I'm hoping to get the full album out in October.  That's where you come in!  I've started an Indiegogo campaign with a bunch of great perks to raise money for the project.  Download the free track below, entitled "Rise", and if you like what you hear, consider chipping into the campaign and reserving your copy!

Dates for Triton Festival Changed
A slight change to the dates of the Triton Festival in NYC this fall.  Originally scheduled for Friday, September 6th-Sunday, September 8th, everything has been moved a day earlier, so it now runs from Thursday, September 5th through Saturday, September 7th.  Assemblage 23 will be performing on Thursday.  For tickets and more info, please visit the Triton Festival website . 

Terminus Festival Just Around the Corner!
Hope to see lots of you at the Terminus Festival in Calgary in few weeks!  Among a bunch of other songs, we'll be playing "Darkflow" live for the first time due to popular demand.

Black Military Style Caps Back in Stock
The black, military-style Assemblage 23 caps are back in stock on the Assemblage 23 Online Store.



News 4/17/13 

 Thanks to All Who Helped!
I wanted to extend a huge thanks to everyone who bought something or donated during the Help Tom Get a New Laptop sale.  It was a big success and I am typiing this from the replacement laptop as we speak.  So thank you!  You guys rock.

Tom Shear DJ Set in Seattle, May 3rd
Yours truly will be doing a DJ set as part of the Mercury's GASP event on May 3rd.  Admission is $7 for members, and $10 for guests.  Hope to see lots of you there!

Assemblage 23 Added to Triton Festival Line-Up
Assemblage 23 will be performing at the Triton Festival in NYC at Irving Plaza the weekend of September 6, 7, and 8.

Tom Shear Releases Soundset for Arturia's SEM-V Synthesizer
I recently released a sound-set for Arturia's excellent Oberheim SEM-V softsynth through my company Waveformless Soundware.  128 patches for only $9.99!  Please note, you MUST own Arturia's SEM-V to use these sounds.



Selling My Korg MS-20ic

I'm selling my Korg MS-20ic on eBay if anyone is looking for one.  Pretty much perfect condition.


News 3/4/13 

 The "Help Tom Get a New Laptop" Sale!

A few weeks ago when I was preparing for my gigs in Arizona, I did something most of us have probably done at least once. I reached for a glass of water sitting next to my laptop, and instead ended up spilling it. Only about a thimble full hit my laptop, but as luck would have it, those few drops hit the fan which then spread the liquid damage to every square inch of the interior. Although frustrated, I decided I'd use the money from the Arizona gigs to get a replacement when I returned. As luck would have it, immediately upon my return, our oldest cat required surgery and the bill just happened to add up to the almost the exact cost it would have been to replace my laptop. "Tom, you whiny little girl, what does this have to do with ME?" I hear you saying?

What it means for you is I'm having a sale on the Assemblage 23 Online Store (http://assemblage23.com/store.cfm) for the entire month of March to help raise the funds! Here is what's on sale:

• Assemblage 23 Ultimate Fan Set - $95 (regularly $100)

• Assemblage 23 Gold Fan Pack - $75 (regularly $80)

• 23db Fan Pack - $40 (regularly $45)

• Contempt, Failure, Defiance, Storm, Meta, Compass, or Bruise CDs - $12.99 (regularly $13.99)

• Assemblage 23 US Tour 2012 Tee - $10.99 (regularly $15.99)

• Assemblage 23 Aussie Baby Tee - $10.99 (regularly $15.99)

• Assemblage 23 "Bruise" Hoodie - $30.99 (regularly $39.99)

Get a Free Remix from Assemblage 23

Hey gang, check this out! Jumberlack and the Cobra is none other than Charles from Angeltheory and Matt from Microfilm (and Charles live keyboardist on the tour we did together). This is a free EP with remixes of a cover of the Depeche Mode classic "Photographic", including one by yours truly....



News 2/6/13 

 Upcoming Live Show and DJ Gig
A couple live appearances to tell you about coming up shortly in Arizona.  The first will be at day two of Fetish Revolution 2013 in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, February 9th. The event is 18+ with tickets costing $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Doors are 8 PM.  More information can be found here.  Then, a week later on Saturday, February 16th, I'll be doing a DJ set in Tucson, AZ at the Surly Wench as part of their Love Hurts: A Vampire Themed Dance Party event.  21+.    More info here.  Hope to see lots of you out for both events!  It's going to be a blast!

Assemblage 23 Added to Line-up of the Terminus Festival
Calgary, Alberta's Terminus Festival has a pretty awesome line-up this year, and I'm happy to say that Assemblage 23 will be part of it.  The two-day festival will be held at Dicken's Pub from June 28-29.  For the full line-up and more info, check here.


EBM Party with Assemblage 23 Spotlight in Toronto
If you're an Assemblage 23 fan in the Toronto area, check out the EBM Party @ Nocturne on March 9th with DJ Lazarus. The event will feature a ton of great EBM, Electro-industrial, and Future Pop with a special focus on Assemblage 23 throughout the years. For more info, check out the Facebook event page.

New Project from Assemblage 23 Live Keyboardist Paul Seegers
Thy Fearful Symmetry is the new dream-pop/post-punk project from Assemblage 23 live keyboardist Paul Seegers with Tim Villalba. The band is heavily influenced by The Cure, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, and the like. You can check out their first digital single, a cover of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" on their Bandcamp Page.  A full-lenth album will follow.






News 12/21/12 

 The Obligatory End of the Year 'Thank You' Post
Once again, I wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped make 2012 such an exciting year for Assemblage 23  Thanks espcially to everyone who bought "Bruise" and helped make it one of A23's most well-recieved releases so far.  In support of the album, we did a bunch of touring borh in Europe and in the States and got to meet lots of new and old fans alike.  The live shows this year were also special because we added drummer Mike Jenney to our live line-up.  And now, right before year's end, we have Assemblage 23's first ever vinyl release, "The Vinyl Sessions".  Not a bad way to wrap up the year.  So thank you, everyone who has helped spread the word about A23, turned their friends on to us, came to see us live, bought albums or merch... for everything, really.  You're the reason I've been able to keep doing what I'm doing and that is something I am thankful for every day.  Here's hoping 2013 holds even more surprises!

Assemblage 23 "The Vinyl Sessions" Released
This past Tuesday, Metropolis Records released A23's first ever vinyl release, entitled "The Vinyl Sessions".  In addition to two remixes with newly recorded vocals, the album consists of tracks taken from each album, all given a brand new mix from the floor up.  All copies ship with a special download card for a digital copy of the album as well.  Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy through The Assemblage 23 Online Store.  I had hoped to get these shipped tomorrow, but the blizzards in the midwest have held the package up in shipping and it has not arrived yet.  So, it looks like I'll have a little project waiting for me when the holidays are over.  I apologize for the inconvenience, but this was obviously out of my control.  One day I'll learn to control the weather, but that day hasn't arrived as of yet.

Assemblage 23 Online Store Back Online - Free Shipping Until the End of the Year
The Assemblage 23 Online Store is back online after being de-activated during our US tour.  It took me a bit longer to get it back up and running as there was some question of my credit card processor going out of business, but that issue is resolved and everything is back online with lots of new items.  We're a bit low on some items because of the tour, but we have placed restock orders and should have a fuller selection soon.  In the meantime, I'm offering free shipping on all orders placed through the store until January 31st.  Nobody gets what they want at Christmas, so buy yourself something nice after the holidays!

First Live Show of the New Year Announced
Even though we only recently finished our US tour, we already have some live dates lining up for lucky 2013.  The first of these will be in Phoenix, AZ on February 9th at 910 Live.  More details will follow, but for the time being, here is the Facebook event page.  I am also working on booking a DJ date in Tucson around the same time.  

News 9/27/12 

 New Orleans Show Cancelled
As we prepare to leave for our US tour tomorrow, we have one final tour date change to announce.  The show in New Orleans has been cancelled due to venue issues.  We regret this immensely, but the situation was out of our control.

News 9/21/12 

 Tour Updates: A Cancellation, and Some Additions
It's hard to believe, but the Assemblage 23 US Tour begins a week from today.  We're amped up and ready to hit the road, but some changes to the schedule first.  First, we regret to announce that the El Paso has been cancelled due to circumstances outside of our control.  Fortunately, we've added some shows as well.  The first of these is not an A23 show per se, but yours truly doing a DJ set at Ft. Lauderdale's Green Room on Friday, October 19th.  The second addition is Assemblage 23's first ever performance in Honolulu, Hawaii @ the Soho Mixed Media Bar on Friday, November 23rd.  We hope everyone is getting as excited as we are for this tour and hope to see lots of familiar faces and some newones as well.

News 9/3/12 

 US Tour Dates and Info
As you've no doubt already noticed, I've announced the dates for our upcoming US tour.  We will be bring along the best band you haven't heard yet, Espermachine, as support.  In addition to the regular dates, we'll also be doing a very special show in Los Angeles on October 6th where we will perform the entire "Failure" album from start to finish.  I've given all the tracks a fresh mix, so they sound better than ever and many of these songs are ones we've never performed live before!  Our new drummer, Mike Jenney, will be joining us for the leg of the tour from Seattle, WA to Atlanta, GA.  The dates that follow that A23 will be performing as a duo.  Of course we will have lots of cool merch and CDs with us.  Hope to see you all there!

Assemblage 23 Completes Remix for Front Line Assembly
I had the privilege recently to remix one of the bands that got me into this kind of music, none other than Front Line Assembly.  My remix of "Hostage" will be appearing on an upcoming compilation.  More news on that when it's announced.

Fan Remixes Uploaded
First, let me apologize for taking so long to do so, but I finally have uploaded the fan remixes I've received so far.  If you've submitted a remix, but don't see it uploaded, it' because you made the track only visible to me, thus making it unshareable.  Make your remix shareable to everyone, and I'll add it.  Thanks to everyone who has participated so far.  Some truly cool remixes!  

Free Shipping from the Assemblage 23 Online Store Until the Tour!
As you might have guessed, the Assemblage 23 Online Store will be offline from approximately 9/26/12 to 11/17/12 while we are on tour.  To help make way for some of the new inventory, I'm offering free shipping on all orders placed between now and then.  No matter how much merch you order, or where you live in the world, shipping costs you nothing!  Note that when you initially place your order, the shipping charge will show up on your confirmation, but this amount will be subtracted when the item actually ships and your card is charged.

Exclusive Shirt Designs from Blackline Licensing
I mentioned awhile back that I had signed a licensing deal with Mexico-based Blackline Licensing to design and sell shirts, and they're available now for sale via their Facebook Storefront.  Check it out!


May25

Assemblage 23 @ El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico

El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, 15

BLACKSTAR FEST: FUNKER VOGT, SUICIDE COMMANDO, SOLAR FAKE y ASSEMBLAGE 23 el próximo 25 de mayo en El Plaza. EYESCREAM PRODUCTIONS presenta la primera edición de nuestro festival enfocado al industrial y EBM en CDMX y por ello nadie mejor que FUNKER VOGT quienes estrenan su disco "Code Of Conduct" y EP con "Musik ist Krieg", SUICIDE COMMANDO presentando "Forest of the Impaled". Acompañados por los alemanes SOLAR FAKE y ASSEMBLAGE 23 directo desde Seattle.

 Did you download Assemblage 23 music without buying it, but still want to support the band?  Just click the "Make a Donation" button below to show your support, no questions asked.

Donate to Assemblage 23

Btn donate lg