News - September 28th, 2020 

Crowdfunding Campaign Shipping is Complete
Just a reminder that shipping of perks for the Mourn crowd-funding campaign is complete. If you have not received your perk or at least a tracking number indicating your package is in transit, please get in touch with me at tomshear909@gmail.com.

Most of Assemblage 23 Back Catalog Goes Out of Print on CD
So, now that all the crowdfund orders have been fulfilled, here's a rather surprising announcement... the vast majority of A23's catalog in CD is now out of print. The Ultimate Fan Pack orders wiped out the remaining stock of most of the CDs and because very few people buy CDs nowadays, Metropolis has made the decision not to do another pressing. Here are the specifics: 

OUT OF PRINT CDs: 
Contempt 
Defiance 
Storm 
Bruise 
Bruise [Deluxe Edition] 
Compass
Compass [Deluxe Edition] 
Endure [Regular Edition] (i have 2 more copies on my shop) 
Let the Wind Erase Me, Binary, Spark maxi singles 

LIMITED AMOUNTS STILL AVAILABLE CDs: 
Failure 
Meta 
Ground maxi-single 
Endure [Deluxe Edition] 

I just put up the last 10 copies each that I have of Failure and Meta on the Assemblage 23 web shop. Once those are sold, I will not be re-stocking and the only place to get those CDs will be through Metropolis Records and any retailers that still have copies. You may also still be able to find copies of some of the releases on CD through Accession Records in Germany. 

The new album is nowhere near being out of print, so if you haven't picked up a copy, no worries, they're still around. It's amazing to see how much has changed in the music business since I started putting out albums. The end of availability of those albums on CD is just another sign of changing times. Thanks, as always, to each and every one of you who ever bought one of these little plastic discs. It's pretty mind-blowing to think of the number of these things I've mailed out or hauled out of the back of a tour van over the years.

EDIT: Here is a link to Accession Records' web shop in case you're looking for a physical copy of one of the releases that is out of print in the US: https://www.accession-records.de/shop/produkt-kategorie/assemblage-23/

News - September 23rd, 2020 

Shipping Complete on Mourn Crowdfund Perks
So, although I still have yet to hear back from a few contributors I've been trying to reach, shipping of all the Mourn Crowdfund perks is now effectively complete. 

If you contributed to the campaign and have not received a tracking number or your actual physical perk (keeping in mind some items could still be in transit... check your tracking #), please get in touch with me. 

I've got a few people I need to give thanks to as we wrap this up. First and foremost, Mari Kattman was my right hand throughout this whole thing and I can't even tell you how much her help sped things up and kept them running smoothly. She packed nearly every item that shipped. (If it looked beautifully packed, she did it... if it looked like a kindergartner packed it, I did). She also helped open and prepare all the items that had to be signed so we could be more efficient. And she did this all without a complaint. I'd marry this woman if I wasn't already engaged to her. 

The next person I meed to thank is Melanie Pflanz. While she didn't work on any of the crowdfund orders, she has been responsible for shipping out all the European orders that have come into the shop on my website. I did this in hopes that the lower shipping rates would make it more appealing to my European fans who have had to endure pretty hideous international shipping rates in recent years. Well, I never anticipated how well people would respond to this. We got absolutely slammed with orders. Melanie tackled 150 packages on her first day back from vacation alone. She's made this all possible and has been doing a stellar job. So while she didn't work on the crowdfund orders, she allowed regular pre-orders to ship much faster than would've been possible if I had done it all myself. 

Of course I would be remiss if I didn't thank all the contributors. Your response was truly overwhelming and it came at a time in my life when I really needed it most. One of the things that warms my heart the most is that when I am sending out these orders I see so many familiar names - many of them going all the way back to my first album. I feel really humbled to have such loyal fans. So thank you very much for letting me keep doing what I'm doing. I hope you are all enjoying the new album and, if this bloody pandemic ever ends, look forward to playing it live for you.

News - September 15th, 2020 

Important Crowdfund Update
Crowdfunders - If you selected the Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 4, please check your email ASAP. There is an issue that needs your attention and I can't ship your perks until I hear back. Make sure to check the email you used for the campaign, as I know some of you used dummy accounts to avoid spam.

News - September 8th, 2020 

Crowdfund Update
If you selected the Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 2, the Vinyl Copy of the Regular Version or the Signed Vinyl Copy of the Regular Version, your orders have shipped. We were at a bit of a standstill with shipping over the weekend when we ran out of the protective vinyl mailers and there was a delay with getting the new shipment, but those should arrive today and shipping of the rest of the perks will resume.

As of now, the following perks have shipped:

• Digital Copy of Regular Version     

• Digital Copy of Deluxe Version     

• CD Copy of Regular Versions     

• CD copy of Deluxe Version     

• Signed CD copy of Deluxe Version    

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition and T-shirt  

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition, T-shirt, and Hoodie 

• Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 1

• Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 2

• Vinyl Copy of the Regular Edition

• Signed Vinyl Copy of the Regular Edition

Other Pre-orders Update
In the interest of keeping things moving, when we were unable to ship crowdfund perks, we started shipping some of the pre-orders placed through the Assemblage 23 Online Store. All of the U.S. and non-European/Russian  pre-orders that consisted of a CD, a shirt, or both have shipped. Orders containing vinyl will ship later this week. Pre-orders placed from Europe or the Russian Federation should start shipping this week, but since they are shipping from Europe, some of the materials are still in transit/clearing Customs.

News - August 29th, 2020 

Crowdfund Update
If you selected the Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 1, your order has shipped and you should have a tracking number sent to the email address you used for the campaign. Working on the Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 2's today. Tier's 3 and 4 will ship once I have the vinyl on hand, which I am hoping will be end of next week.

Crowdfund items that have been fulfilled so far as of right now:    

• Digital Copy of Regular Version    

• Digital Copy of Deluxe Version    

• CD Copy of Regular Versions    

• CD copy of Deluxe Version    

• Signed CD copy of Deluxe Version   

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition and T-shirt 

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition, T-shirt, and Hoodie

• Ultimate Fan Pack - Tier 1

News - August 27th, 2020 

Plage Noire Festival Rescheduled
As many of you may know, our performance at the Plage Noire Festival in Germany was cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The show has now been rescheduled for the weekend of October 30/31, 2021. The event is already sold out, but here is the info for those interested 

Homepage: https://www.plagenoire.de 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plagenoire 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173746232787382 

Tickets: SOLD OUT 

Crowd Fund Perk Shipping Update
 Shipping for crowdfunding perks was on hold for a couple days while I replenished some shipping supplies, but will resume today. Next up for shipping are the Ultimate Fan Packs. Any of the tiers containing vinyl will be held up a little while I wait for the vinyl to ship to me (more on that below). Thanks everyone for your patience! 

"Mourn" Vinyl Update
There was a bit of a mix-up with the vinyl where it was supposed to be directly drop-shipped to me, but some wires got crossed. They are supposed to show up at Metropolis tomorrow, after which point they will ship to me. Assuming there are no further issues, this should put them in my hands by mid next week.

News - August 22nd, 2020 

Crowdfunding Perks Update
All of the SIGNED DELUXE CD, T-SHIRT, and HOODIE perks have now shipped, so if that's the one you selected, check your inbox for a tracking number!

Crowdfund items that have been fulfilled so far as of right now:   

• Digital Copy of Regular Version   

• Digital Copy of Deluxe Version   

• CD Copy of Regular Versions   

• CD copy of Deluxe Version   

• Signed CD copy of Deluxe Version  

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition and T-shirt

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition, T-shirt, and Hoodie

News - August 21st, 2020 

Crowdfund and Website Pre-orders Update
Crowdfunders... if you ordered the SIGNED DELUXE CD, T-SHIRT, and HOODIE perk and ordered size 4x, 3x, or 2x, your order has shipped. You should have received an email with a tracking number to whichever address you used to make your contribution. Hoping to have all the rest of them out early next week. 

I'm waiting on an update on the vinyl. It was supposed to have shipped on the 15th, but I haven't heard anything or received a tracking number, so I need to check into this and will post an update when I know when they will be on hand. 

Crowdfund items that have been fulfilled so far as of right now:  

• Digital Copy of Regular Version  

• Digital Copy of Deluxe Version  

• CD Copy of Regular Versions  

• CD copy of Deluxe Version  

• Signed CD copy of Deluxe Version 

• Signed CD of Deluxe Edition and T-shirt

The t-shirts that are up for pre-sale on the A23 store went to the printers early this week and are supposed to ship out to me on September 2nd. The crowdfund orders should all be out by then, so I anticipate being able to start shipping pre-orders placed through my website as soon as I receive them. 

So far, shipping seems to be going smoothly. I don't want to jinx it, but people appears to be receiving their perks in a timely manner despite the problems the USPS is currently experiencing. Let's hope that trend continues! I'd say we are about 65% finished in terms of getting the orders out. Thanks, everyone, for your patience! Mari and I are working non-stop to get this stuff out as quickly as we're able to.

News - August 18th, 2020 

Crowdfund Perks Update

Crowdfund items that have been fulfilled so far: 

• Digital Copy of Regular Version 

• Digital Copy of Deluxe Version 

• CD Copy of Regular Versions 

• CD copy of Deluxe Version 

• Signed CD copy of Deluxe Version 

This includes if you added a t-shirt or hoodie. If you selected any of these perks, you should've received an email with a tracking number for your order (for physical copy orders) and/or a digital download code. 

I had originally planned on shipping the Ultimate Fan Packs next, but it looks like I might not have the shipping materials for those until the end of the week, so the next perk to ship in the meantime will be the SIGNED COPY OF THE CD + T-SHIRT.
 

News - August 13th, 2020 

Latest Update on Crowdfund
Alright, so as promised, I have started to fulfill the perks from the Indie-go-go campaign. Here is the latest info. I will update as I complete shipping for additional perks, etc.

What has already been done:
• All the download codes have gone out to whatever e-mail address you used to contribute to the campaign. Follow the URL sent to you in the e-mail, enter the code, and download the album onto the device of your choice. Please note that you will not be able to stream or listen to the album through the Bandcamp website or App until September 11th. I know that's not ideal, but its the compromise that we've got to deal with in order to get the contributors their album a month ahead of the release date. If you have not received your download code (be sure to check your spam folder, etc), send me an e-mail at tomshear909@gmail.com and let me know the name you made the contribution under and the perk you selected and I'll get you sorted out.

• All of the CD COPY OF REGULAR EDITION perks have shipped. An e-mail with tracking number has been sent to the e-mail address you used for the campaign.

• All of the CD COPY OF DELUXE EDITION perks have shipped. As above, you should receive an e-mail with the tracking information.  Please note that these are just the plain CD copies. I haven't shipped the signed copies yet, but they will be next. Also, a handful of you who ordered this perk added a t-shirt or hoodie. Those are showing up next week, so your orders will ship as soon as I get those in.

• All of the remaining CD-related perks will ship after that, including the different tiers of Ultimate Fan Pack.

• The shirts and hoodies are expected to arrive Monday, so perks containing these items will ship next.

• I am also supposed to get the vinyl in some time next week, so perks containing vinyl will ship after that.

• I am already in the process of fulfilling some of the remix and guest vocal perks. If you selected this perk and haven't already, you might want to get started on putting your materials for that together.

• The non-crowdfund pre-orders placed through my website will start shipping approximately around September 1st, so you should still get your items ahead of the release date.

• I'm saving the Skype calls for last, mainly because I'm going to be pretty busy with all this shipping in the coming weeks, but also because I thought people might want to discuss the album after having time to listen to it a bit. I'll reach out when I am ready to start scheduling these.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE: As you are probably aware, the US Postal system is a bit of a mess at the moment. On top of the significant stress caused by the higher mail volume happening under the COVID pandemic, the current Administration put a new postmaster in place who has instituted policies to deliberately slow the mail down. I'm not going to get into the politics of this, but the end result is, things are moving a bit slower than you may be used to, so please be patient. Consult your trusty tracking number to keep an eye on things, but expect a bit of a longer wait than usual. In the meantime, I hope you'll get lots of plays out of the digital copy you should have