News 12/01/14 

Special Limited Edition Physical Version of Surveillance "Oceania Remixed" Now Available
A couple months after the critically-acclaimed release of A23 side-project Surveillance's debut album, a digital-only remix album with remixes by the likes of Aesthetic Perfection,, Velvet Acid Christ, and Rotersand was released.  I got many e-mails asking if the album would ever be released physically.  Now, thanks to a partnership with Russian record label Razgrom Music, the answer is yes! (Da?) The physical edition of "Oceania Remixed" contains two additional remixes by Cryo and Amnistia not available on the original.  This CD features new artwork and  is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide, with only 150 copies available through the Assemblage 23 Online Store.  So don't wait to pick up your copy!  These won't last long!

The Assemblage 23 Online Store Announces the CyberMon(th)day Sale
 It's only a few more weeks until Christmas and that means you've probably got a lot of gift-shopping to do.  For a few years now, online retailers have followed up the "Black Friday" deals of physical stores with "Cyber Monday" sales on the following Monday.  Well, I'm going to do that one better.  For the entire month of December, you can save on almost every item available in the Assemblage 23 Online Store.  That's right... the deals most online retailers will only extend to you for a day, I'm going to offer to you for an entire month!

• All Metropolis Assemblage 23 CDs $11.99 [regularly $13.99]
• All 23db Records CDs (including the Assemblage 23 "Early, Rare, & Unreleased Vol. 2 CD") only $7.99  [regularly $10.99]
• The Assemblage 23 Ultimate Fan Bundle is back. All 7 Assemblage 23 albums, the t-shirt of your choice, a collectable canvas bag with the A23 logo on it, and all 3 stickers for only $100.  [Nearly $27 in savings]
• A brand new Surveillance bundle including a Surveillance Tee in the size of your choice, and signed copies of both "Oceania" and the limited edition "Oceania Remixed" CD for only $35. [$10 in savings]
• Surveillance Tees $12.99 [regularly $15.99]
• Assemblage 23 "Noise Inside My Head" Tee (size XL only) $10.99 [regularly $15.99]
• Assemblage 23 "Bruise" Tee (sizes XL and 2XL only) $10, [regularly $15.99]
• Assemblage 23 Australian Baby Tee $10.99 [regularly $15.99]
• Assemblage 23 Black Military Caps $14.99 [regularly $19.99]

All these deals will be available to you from now until December 31st, although many items are only available in limited quantities, so don't wait too long to you might miss out!

News 10/21/14 

Upcoming Live Dates and DJ Gigs
Hello, everyone!  An update is long overdo, so what better way to start than to announce some more upcoming shows?

Upcoming Assemblage 23 Dates:
October 31st, 2014 - Springfield, VA - Empire Nightclub
December 5th - Lancaster, PA - Tellus360  (This is a benefit show for a woman who was the victim of a home invasion and left for dead after being stabbed 20 times.)
December 31st - New York City, NY - Cybertron @ Blackthorn 51

Upcoming DJ Dates:
December 6th, 2014 - Baltimore, MD - Grand Central


Limited Physical Release for Surveillance "Oceania Remixed"
For those who haven't been keeping up, I released an album under the name Surveillance earlier this year.  This was shortly followed up by a digital-only remix release.  I am happy to announce there a VERY limited edition CD version of "Oceania Remixed" released through our Russian friends at Razgrom Music.  Not only will the release feature new artwork, it will also include 2 excellent, brand new, unreleased remixes from Cryo and Amnistia.  We are hoping to have the release out in the coming weeks, but when I have a definitive release date, I will announce it here.  I will have about 150 copies to sell through the Assemblage 23 Online Store.

Tom Shear Collaborates with Gnome & Spybey
I recently finished collaborating on a track called "Achim"  for the upcoming Gnome & Spybey release, "Reflective".  This track might be a bit surprising for people expecting the typical A23 sound, because it's an all-out ambient track.  It's always fun stepping outside of the expected and working on something different and this was no exception.  The album also features collaborations with Displacer, Robert Rich, and more.  The album will be out later this year on Crime League.

New Soundset for TAL U-NO-LX by Tom Shear
Of possible interest to my fellow electronic musicians... I run a small business on the side called Waveformless Soundware, that sells sound banks for various software synths.  My latest release if for Togu Audio Line's excellent Roland Juno-60 emulation, U-NO-LX.  The "U-NO-LX Ultima" soundset includes 128 sounds programmed from scratch by yours truly for only $9.99.  In fact, all of my sounds sets are only $9.99 for 128 sounds.  Soundsets also available for Arturia SEM-V, u-he DIVA, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, Synapse Audio Dune, and reFX Vanguard.  Still not convinced?  You can download 10 free patches from each library to try out yourself!

Download an Acoustic Cover of "Let Me Be Your Armor" by Karin My for Free
Earlier this year, Assemblage 23 played the Electronic Summer festival in Sweden.  After the show, a fan named Karin My introduced herself and gave me a CD-R with a cover she had recorded of the A23 track "Let Me Be Your Armor".  I thought her cover was haunting and beautiful and therefore, I want to share it with all of you fans, too! You can download the track for free here.

News 8/1/14 

Sale on Assemblage 23 CDs for All of August
In honor of August being one of two months with an "A23" date in it (the other being April 23rd), for the entire month of August, all Assemblage 23 CD's (excluding the new re-pressing of Failure) are only $10 through the Assemblage 23 Online Store!  Save $4 on every CD you buy.  If you've been meaning to complete your collection, or even just get it started, this is a great time to do so!  All items can be autographed on request, just indicate that you'd like it signed in the "special instructions" portion of your order.

Assemblage 23 New "Failure" Pressing to Start Shipping Monday
As previously mentioned, there is a brand new pressing of Assemblage 23's "Failure" with brand new artwork now available for pre-order through the Assemblage 23 Online Store.  I have received notice from the record company that the CDs are on their way and should be in my hands on Monday, at which point all pre-orders will ship.  Haven't reserved your copy?  Go get it!

News 7/1/14 

Surveillance "Oceania Remixed" Digital Remix Album Released!
I am happy to announce that "Oceania Remixed", the digital remix companion to "Oceania", has now been released on Bandcamp. It will also be available on iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, Google Play, eMusic, and more very soon. Features remixes by artists such as ∆AIMON, Velvet Acid Christ, Rotersand, Aesthetic Perfection, and more.

Those of you who bid on the remix album perk on the Indiegogo campaign will receive your download code in the next couple of days.

New Pressing of "Failure" With New Artwork Coming Soon
I recently ordered some re-stock of the 2001 Assemblage 23 album "Failure" from Metropolis and was informed that the 25 copies they were sending me were the last ones they had on hand. Unfortunately, when they went to get another pressing of the album done, they realized the artwork was missing.

So, unable to locate the original art, we decided to do the new pressing with entirely new artwork. Please note the ONLY thing that will be different about the new pressing is the artwork, but of course, that may be of interest to collectors.

If you wish to get your hands on a copy with the original artwork, I have 20 copies left available for sale on the Assemblage 23 Online Store. Of course, I am happy to sign these on request, too.

I don't know when the new version will be available just yet, but I will announce it when it is.

Upcoming Tom Shear DJ Dates
• July 4th - Springfield, VA @ Empire - Details
• July 11th - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin' Wolf - Details
• July 19th - Jacksonville, FL @ Eclipse - Details

Limited Numbers of A23 "Gears" Baby Tees Now Available
I've got a limited number of the Assemblage 23 "Gears" shirt design in a baby tee. Grab yours at the Assemblage 23 Online Store before they're gone!


News 5/19/14 

Tom Shear Leaves Polaroid Kiss
Sorry to have to start the week off on a down note, but I am officially announcing my departure form Polaroid Kiss – the latest in a long line of ex-members to do so.  Approximately a week a go, we held an “online listening party” for the band’s new single.  Not long thereafter, I started receiving messages from various people who had worked with Brandun in the past, all of whom had some very damning accusations to make.  Despite the fact that all of these people independently were telling me the same stories, I wanted to be sure of their legitimacy and did some independent confirmation on my own.  Suffice it to say, after confirming these things, I could no longer in good conscience be involved in the band.
That’s all I care to say for now.   I feel that I have already wasted too much of my time on this and prefer to move on to newer and better things.   If for any reason, anyone needs further info (especially whoever is left in the band at this point, or others Brandun has approached about doing work), you may contact me privately.
 Thank You, Europe!
A belated thank you to everyone who came out to support us on our European tour last month.  It was, without a doubt, one of the most fun tours we’ve had in Europe and the enthusiasm from the fans was amazing!  We even played a couple Surveillance songs live, which was a blast!
Washington DC DJ Gig Added
I’m happy to announce I’ve added another DJ gig to the list of upcoming events.  I will be coming to the DC area for July 4th to spin at Spellbound.  Here is the current list of upcoming DJ sets:
• Wednesday, May 28th – San Jose, CA @ San Jose Skate – Final Wumpskate Event
• Friday, July 4th – Springfield, VA @ Spellbound
• Friday, July 11th – New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf – Southern Gothic Festival
• Saturday, July 19th – Jacksonville, FL @ Eclipse

News 4/2/14 

Thank You, Mexico City!
Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support us in Mexico City last weekend.  We had an amazing time and met a lot of really cool people.  We can't wait to come back!

Surveillance "Oceania" Album Now Shipping
The debut album from my new side-project Surveillance is now shipping!  You can grab your CD copy from the Assemblage 23 Online Store, or if you prefer to buy your music digitally, visit the Surveillance Bandcamp or any other popular digital retailer.  Pre-orders from the IndieGoGo contributors will ship first, with orders placed through the Assemblage 23 Online Store to follow.

Upcoming Tom Shear DJ Dates
I've got a bunch of DJ gigs coming up, so have a look to see if I'm coming to your city.

• Saturday, April 12th - Seattle, WA - @ The Mercury - Surveillance Release Party
• Friday, May 9th - Tulsa, OK - @ The IDL Ballroom - Assimilation 6th Anniversary
• Wednesday, May 14th - Salt Lake City, UT - @ Area 51 - Temple
• Wednesday, May 28th - San Jose, CA - @ San Jose Skate - Final Wumpskate Event
• Friday, July 11th - New Orleans, LA - @ Howlin' Wolf - Southern Gothic Festival
• Saturday, July, 19h - Jacksonville, FL @ Eclipse



"Oceania" is the debut album from the Assemblage 23 side-project Surveillance.  Featuring a darker, more EBM-focused sound than A23, Surveillance explores themes of dystopian, authoritarian futures examined in classic novels such as "1984" and "Brave New World" and draws parallels to the world we are living in today. The digital version of the album is already available, but now you can place a pre-order for the CD version.  The album is slated to ship during the last week of March.  Contributors to the IndieGoGo campaign from last summer will have their CD's shipped first, and pre-orders placed here will then ship in the order they were received.  Place your pre-order to reserve your copy today!  (CDs can also be signed on request, just say so in the "special instructions" part of the order form.


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News - 3/18/14 

Surveillance Album Released On Bandcamp, Other Digital Outlets And Physical CD to Follow
It’s been a while since the last update, and  that was mainly due to me being locked up in the studio finishing up work on “Oceania”, the debut album from my new side-project “Surveillance”.  I’m happy to report the album is now not only finished, but available for sale on Bandcamp.  The album should be available on other digital retailers such as iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Music, Rhapsody, Spotify, and more around March 3rd, with the physical CD being available shortly after that.  The staggered format releases are a bit odd, I realize, but given that the project took a little longer than planned, I wanted to make it available to those who wanted it as soon as possible.  When I have a definite date back from the pressing plant, I will open pre-orders in the Assemblage 23 Online Store for the CD.

Tom Shear Co-Produces Track for Polaroid Kiss
Yours truly finished up mixing and co-producing a track for the upcoming Polaroid Kiss single.  The track, entitled “Walk the Room” and features The Church’s  Steve Kilbey on vocals.  Mari Kattman, who also appears on the Surveillance album also provided some awesome backing vocals.  A spring release is planned.

Tom Shear Produces Gothicicles Track
I also recently finished up production of a song for the Gothsicles for a song called “Moon Knight is Cool”.

Assemblage 23 Remix News
I recently completed a remix for Cyferdyne, as well as a remix of A23’s “The Last Mistake”, which appears on the Resistanz Festival 2014 Soundtrack.  Another remix of “The Last Mistake” by German remixer extraordinaire Dominatrix will appear on the upcoming “Electronic Savoirs Vol. 3” compilation on Metropolis Records.

More Live Shows Added
In addition to the string of shows we will be doing in Europe this April,  I am happy to announce to additional live show coming up.  Saturday, March 29th, we’ll be performing at Dada X  in Mexico City.  Also, we will be headed to New Orleans on July 12th at Howlin’ Wolf as headliner for the Southern Gothic Festival.  I’ll also be DJing on one of the other nights,


News - 10/7/13 

Tom Shear Guests on New iVardensphere Album
November 12th will see the release of "The Methusalah Tree", the latest release from Vancouver's iVardensphere.  I was proud to contribute lyrics and vocals to the track "Society of Dogs" and to collaborate for the first time with vocalist Mari Kattman of Day Twelve.  The track came out fantastic and Mari's vocals take things to a whole new level. I'm very excited for everyone to hear it.

Two Upcoming Tom Shear DJ Gigs
I'll be spinning a couple DJ gigs in the month of November in Las Vegas and Seattle.  Here is the info:

• Saturday, November 16th - Las Vegas, NV @ The End Bunker Bar.  Doors @10.
• Friday, November 29th - Seattle, WA @ The Mercury.  Doors @9.

New Live Dates for Assemblage 23
I'm happy to announce the first of the live shows we'll be playing in 2014.  Here is the info:

• Saturday, February 1st - Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Opera House. 
• Friday, April 19th - Sunday, April 20th - Sheffield, UK @ The Corporation.
• Monday, April 21st - Berlin, Germany @ K17.
• Friday, April 25th - Sunday, April 27th - Dark Munich Festival - Munich, Germany.

"Bruderschaft's 'Return' Finally Has a Release Date!
I first recorded the vocals for Bruderschaft's follow-up to "Forever" entitled "Return" way back in 2004, right around the time I was finishing up work on Assemblage 23's "Storm".  After numerous delays, I am happy to say the release has expanded into a full-length with many other awesome guest vocalists and finally has a release date.  Contains a new version of "Forever" with vocals by yours truly as well.  Reserve your copy now!

Tom Shear Completes Two Mixing Projects
Work wrapped up a couple weeks ago on mixing down an EP for Where the Sun is Silent, the new project from backandtotheleft's Robert RisCassi and vocalist Share Terpening (Trotski's Blok), as well as an album for Watch Clark, the new project from Static Engine's Paul Furio.

And Finally, Some Info on Surveillance!

It's been awhile since I've had any updates on the upcoming debut release from my new side project Surveillance, so here is a heap of information!

•  The album's title is Oceania, a reference to George Orwell's classic novel "1984".  As may be becoming clearer now, the album is rife with dystopian themes in the emerging surveillance society the world is evolving into.
•  Above is your first peak at the artwork done by the lovely and talented Sam Pfannkuche.
•  If you're on Facebook, please "like" the new Surveillance Fan Page.
•  While the song order has yet to be determined, the album will consist of 10 tracks with the following titles:  I Was There, Corridor, Rise, Husk, Homeland Security, Voyeur, Eye to Eye, Thoughtcrime, Belief, and Panic.
•  The sound of the album runs all over the place from pitch black dark synth-pop to aggressive old school EBM. It's an album that has one foot in the past, and one firmly planted in the future.  Definitely the most "analog" album I've done, and I found myself reaching for retro production techniques here and there to evoke the era of the Cold War.  There are elements of Assemblage 23 to be found as well, but overall, the feeling of this album is much different.  
•  Now the bad news.  I had orginally set a goal of having the album released on October 15th.  As happens with many crowd-funded projects, however, I underestimated the amount of time I needed a bit.  So right now, I'm aiming to get it out in mid to late November.  I apologize for the added wait, but hopefully you'll agree that spending a little extra time to get things right will be worth the wait in the long run.  At this point, most of the music is recorded and all that remains is some vocal recording, a few lyrics, and some mixing.


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