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 6/9/14 

New Shirt Designs and Surveillance Shirt/CD Bundle Now Available for Pre-order!

Head on over to the Assemblage 23 Online Store to check out new t-shirts for both Assemblage 23 and Surveillance, as well a nifty bundle that lets you buy a Surveillance t-shirt and autographed CD for a discounted price. Check it out

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.


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!

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