News 1/23/17 

European Live Dates Announced
As you can see to the right, we have announced a string of live dates for Europe. The U.S. tour was the most successful one we've ever had and we're looking forward to bringing the show to our European fans. Expect to hear lots of tracks from "Endure" as well as some tracks we've never performed live before. We know that this is a short string of dates, but we do hope to return to Europe later in the year as well.

Assemblage 23 Added to Convergence Line-up
I am happy to announce that Assemblage 23 has been added as a headliner to the 23rd edition of Convergence, the longest running gothic convention in the US. The con will be held in Dallas, TX this year on May 19-22. . We are still working on securing the venue, so we'll announce that when all is finalized. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

All Indiegogo Perks Shipped
As of the end of December, all the physical perks for the Indiegogo campaign have shipped and should have been received by now. If you have not received your perk, please contact me at I am now in the process of fulfilling the remixes, guest vocals, guest production, and Skype calls and will contact contributors individually to make arrangements.

"Endure" Vinyl and Stickers Back in Stock!
The vinyl edition of "Endure" is now available through the Assemblage 23 Online Store. I also have all three sticker designs back in stock.


News 12/4/16 

Thank You!
First of all, an overdue thank you to everyone who came out to support us on our US Tour in September and October. It was by far the most successful tour we've ever had and we owe it all to you. Your enthusiasm and support mean more than you can possibly know. I hope to be able to announce the first dates booked for 2017 soon. [Hint: we'll see you soon, Mexico and Europe!]

The Vinyl Has Arrived
Well, better late than never! We had originally planned on having the vinyl in October. Unfortunately, the original pressing plant we were working with kept missing the deadline over and over due to demand, incompetence or some combination thereof. I will open up orders on the Assemblage 23 Online Store as soon as I finish mailing out the perks from the Indiegogo campaign. Speaking of which...

Update on the Indiegogo Campaign Perks
Time for a long overdue update! I am most of the way through mailing the perks out at this point. Here is what remains to be shipped: 

• I'm about half way through sending out the "Deluxe CD, T-shirt, and Worker Shirt" perks. I anticipate having these all mailed out within the next week or so. 

• The "Vinyl Copy of the Album" and "Deluxe CD, Vinyl, T-shirt, and Worker Shirt" will mail out next

• I have started doing the guest remixes and will contact those bidders as I complete each one to move on to the next. 

• I'll also be contacting the guest vocal bidders in the coming weeks, but I am temporarily unable to record vocals at the moment, so this might take me a bit longer. 

• I will also be contacting the Skype call bidders in the next week or so. 

If you bid on one of the already shipped perks, but have not received your perk, please contact me at so I can make sure you're taken care of. Again, I owe you all an apology for how long this has taken me. We are, at least, now at the end of the huge list of bidders, so everyone should have their swag very soon!

Assemblage 23 Online Store Back Online
So, after a long delay, the Assemblage 23 Online Store is back online with the full range of A23 merchandise available, including a limited amount of Endure Tour t-shirts. 

News 8/22/16 

Assemblage 23 Online Store Offline Until End of Tour
Please note that with the US tour launching at the end of next week, I have deactivated the store. The store will come back online and accept orders again some time in mid-October after the tour ends. In the meantime, if you wish to order a copy, visit Metropolis Records.

Assemblage 23 News 8/9/16 

"Endure" Album Previews Are Up and Pre-orders Are Now Open!
I am happy to say I can now share with you previews for Assemblage 23's 8th album, Endure. Additionally, you can now place a-pre-order for both the Regular and Deluxe Editions of the album on the Assemblage 23 Online Store. You may notice that we don't have new shirts available on the online store yet. This is due to needing to fulfill the 770+ Indiegogo perks and having merch made for the tour. Both of those required a significant upfront cost and I simply couldn't afford to have shirts made for the store as well. But don't worry, when we get back from the tour in mid-October, shirts will be available through the store.

Indiegogo Campaign Perks to Begin Shipping
Attention backers of he Indiegogo campaign for "Endure" - the moment you have all so patiently waited for is here. It's time to start fulfilling your perks! Below is a little about the order in which these perks will be fulfilled. Please keep in mind I'm doing this all by myself and the response to this campaign was pretty overwhelming, so it's going to take some time. 

1.) The first thing to go out will be the download codes. If you selected a perk at the $15 dollar or higher level, you get a free download of the album. I will start mailing these out midweek. 

2.) Next to go out will be the CD-only orders. I hope to be able to start those next week. 

3.) Next up will be the orders with shirts. I expect to have those onhand on the 15th or so. 

4.) The last shippable items to go out will be the vinyl, and I have some bad news there - these aren't going to ship until October 15th. One downside of the resurgence of vinyl is that sometimes the pressing plants get back-logged, and that's what happened here. If you ordered a bundle that included the album with a shirt, or shirts, you shirts will ship as normal. The vinyl has to ship separately due to how it needs to be packed anyway, so you will receive the rest of your order in the meantime. 

5. Those of you who selected musical perks such as remixes, production, or guest vocals, expect to hear from me in November after the US tour is over to make arrangements to get started. 

6. Skype calls will also occur in November. 

Thanks so much to all of you who contributed. I can't wait for you to hear the album!

News 2/25/16 

Update on the New Album

Hello, everyone! We’re long past due for an update, and I apologize for that. I’ve had my head down to the grindstone and have been plugging away in the studio. So, here’s the latest. The good news is, we have a release date! The not as good news, is it’s going to be a bit later than expected – August 28th. This album will be released by Metropolis Records in both the US and Europe. Artwork will be by Sam Pfannkuche, who also did the Surveillance "Oceania" and "Oceania Remixed" covers. 

So, why the delay? Well, aside from the fact that things are simply taking longer than I had expected (same thing happened with the Surveillance album), I took a look at the rather long list of bands touring in the spring and decided a fall tour made more sense. Given that we are planning a whole new stage show, I also wanted to give myself time to put that together and fulfill all your pre-orders before the tour starts. Finally, doing the tour close to the release date will allow us to gain a little promotional momentum, hopefully. 

I’ve received questions regarding when certain perks will be fulfilled, particularly ones like remixes and guest vocals. I plan to work on the album until the end of April, and sometime thereafter, it will be feasible for me to start working on those. When I’m ready to roll, I’ll start contacting those perk holders. It is also around this time that I will be contacting those of you who had perks that included shirts to get your sizing information.  So please make sure your email information if current! 

For those of you who didn't have a chance to get in on the Indiegogo Campaign, no worries. Pre-orders via the Assemblage 23 Online Store will open up on August 1st.

Finally, I am happy to say we will be debuting one of the new tracks at the E-werk and E-tropolis festivals in Germany next week. Anyway, that’s the latest. The new material is sounding great and I really can’t wait to share it with you!

News 10/19/15 

New Assemblage 23 Album Announced
I am happy to announce that Assemblage 23's eighth studio album, entitled Endure, will be released in the spring of 2016. To learn more and hear a sample of a work in progress, please visit my IndieGoGo campaign. If you like what you hear, please consider choosing the perk of your choice to reserve your copy and support the album. I've got lots of great options for fans for some exclusive merch and unique, personal experiences including a personal Skype conversation, me doing guest vocals on your song, or even a private show in your home town.

Tom Shear DJ Date in Atlanta on Halloween
If you find yourself looking for something to do this Halloween in the Atlanta area this year, I'll be DJing at "Unmasked: A Mysterious Masquerade Ball" at Quad. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page. Hope to see lots of you there!

Check Out Live, Acoustic Performance of "Ground"
Assemblage 23 played a show in Los Angeles this past weekend. As a special surprise, we performed the acoustic version of "Ground" for the first time ever with the help of ex-30 Seconds to Mars guitarist Kevin Drake.

First Live Dates of 2016 Announced
Assemblage 23 will be performing at the E-werk Ost Festival in Dresden, Germany on March 4th, 2016 and the E-tropolis Festival in Oberhausen, Germany on March 5th, 2016. We are currently also booking some club dates around this time. Updates as they become available.

News 4/3/15 

Sale on All Assemblage 23 CD's
Because it's one of two months that can abbreviate a date as "A 23" (April 23rd), I'm having a sale on all Assemblage 23 CDs through the Assemblage 23 Online Store.  For the entire month of April, all Assemblage 23 CDs are only $10!

Free Bank of Assemblage 23 Sounds for the Access Virus
A few years back, I released a free bank of sounds for the Access Virus (B and above) of sounds I had used on various Assemblage 23 songs. The place I had them hosted is gone now and I've had a lot of people ask me about them since then. So I figured the best place to put them was on the website for my soundware company Waveformless Soundware. So if you've been looking for those sounds, you can now grab them here:

Trailer for "V.Next" Cyberpunk Video Game with Tom Shear Soundtrack
SyncBuildRun has announced "V.Next", an episodic cyberpunk thriller for Mac and PC.  I've been working on the soundtrack, and you can hear one of the pieces in the preview trailer here:    The game is scheduled to be released at the end of 2015.

News 1/21/15 

The Year Ahead
A happy belated new year to you all!  It's hard to believe January is almost over, but time flies when you're busy!  The biggest blip on the radar this year is that there will be a new Assemblage 23 album.  I'm still not entirely sure when, but sometime in the first half of 2015.  This also means there will be touring once the album is out, but that's still a ways off as far as planning goes.  And once the new A23 is out, I plan on getting to work on the second album from Surveillance.  So lots of new music in the works!

Assemblage 23 Leaves Accession Records
After a 13 year working relationship, I have decided to part ways with our European label, Accession Records.  Accession was instrumental in breaking A23 to the European audience and their years of support and hard work were much appreciated.  Unfortunately, a few recurring issues made it impossible to continue that working relationship. The albums released by Accession thus far will still be available through the label, but the next A23 will be released with another label to be announced at a later date.

Tom Shear Composing Game Soundtrack
While I am working on the new Assemblage 23, I am happy to announce that I am also creating the original soundtrack from an upcoming cyber-thriller video game being created by SyncBuildRun, a new company here in Seattle.  I can't say much more than that right now, but so far it's been a fun and valuable learning experience for me.  More details when the game is finished.

Tom Shear Mixing Down Beauty Queen Autopsy
I am also currently performing mixing duties for Beauty Queen Autopsy, the new side-project from Caustic's Matt Fanale and Unwoman's Erica Mulkey.

Only 10 Copies Left of Limited Edition Surveillance "Oceania Remixed" CD
If you've been wanting to pick up a copy of the strictly limited Russian import limited edition remix album from Surveillance, now's the time to act, as I only have 10 copies left in my possession!  Order yours through the Assemblage 23 Online Store today!

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.

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