First Previews of Helix "Twin" Album Online and Pre-orders open up!
For about the past year, I have been working secretly with vocalist Mari Kattman on a new project called Helix. I am happy to announce that the album is finished and will be released on Metropolis Records worldwide on August 24th. In the meantime, we've uploaded the first two track previews from the album here. We will be releasing 2 tracks ever day this week, so please don't forget forget to keep checking the playlist out as we populate it with more tracks. In the meantime, we have also opened up pre-orders on the Assemblage 23 Online Store. Go there now to pre-order your CD, t-shirt, sticker, or all three in a discounted package!
Assemblage 23 to Perform at Blackstar Festival in Mexico City
Friday, May 25th, Assemblage 23 returns to Mexico City at the Blackstar Festival along with Solar Fake, Funker Vogt, and Suicide Commando. Come join us for an amazing night of music at El Plaza. For more information, please visit the EVENT PAGE.
Assemblage 23 to Play Kansas City
It's been awhile, so I am happy to announce that Assemblage 23 will be returning to Kansas City, MO on Friday, July 13th at Davy's Uptown Ramblers Club. We can't wait to come back to make you dance and eat all your BBQ!
Assemblage 23 German Festival Dates Announced
• July 26th, 2018 - Munich, Germany @ Backstage München
• July 28th, 2018 - Cologne, Germany @ Amphi Festival XIV
Assemblage 23 Announces European Live Dates
Assemblage 23 returns to Europe for a string of shows this fall. We hope to see lots of you there! Here are the details:
• September 06th, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Black's
• September 07th, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ Aatma
• September 08th, 2018 - London, UK @ Electrowerkz
• September 09th, 2018 - Deutzen, DE @ Nocturnal Culture Night
• September 11th, 2018 - Berlin, DE @ Maze
• September 12th, 2018 - Hamburg, DE @ Indra Club 64
• September 13th, 2018 - Bremen, DE @ Lila Eule
• September 14th, 2018 - Bochum, DE @ Matrix
• September 15th, 2018 - Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett
Assemblage Joins Coldwaves 2018 Line-up
We were fortunate enough to be a part of the amazing Coldwaves Festival in Chicago last year, so I am extremely happy to announce that we will play the Los Angeles iteration of the festival this year on September 28th. Don't wait to get tickets! This WILL sell out. GET YOUR TICKET
"Endure" Vinyl and Surveillance CDs Almost Gone!
Just a heads up - I only have 16 more copies of the Assemblage 23 "Endure" vinyl and 30 copies of the Surveillance "Oceana" CD left, so if you've been meaning to pick up either of these, don't wait, as they will likely go quickly and will not be re-pressed. You can reserve your copes of each at the Assemblage 23 Online Store.
Latest Assemblage 23 Live Dates
• April 14th - Oklahoma City, OK - Tom Shear DJ Date - Assimilation OKC Grand Re-opening - @ The Ruins
• May 5th - Seattle, WA - Mechanismus 10th Year Anniversary (with Decoded Feedback and others) - @ The Highline [SOLD OUT!]
• May 25th - Mexico City, Mexico - Black Star Fest (with Suicide Commando, Funker Vogt, and Solar Fake) - @ El Plaza Condesa - GET TICKETS
• July 28th - Cologne, Germany - Amphi Festival 2018 - Tickets through: GET TICKETS
• September 6th - Glasgow, United Kingdom @ Ivory Blacks - GET TICKETS
• September 7th, Manchester, United Kingdom @ aatma - GET TICKETS
• September 8th, London, United Kingdom @ Electrowerkz - GET TICKETS
Complete Assemblage 23 Discography Now Available on Bandcamp
You can now purchase all Assemblage 23 releases digitally in the format of your choice via our Bandcamp. You can also purchase all in-print Assemblage 23 CDs and vinyl through the A23 Bandcamp, which includes unlimited streaming via the Bandcamp app, and an instantly downloadable digital download in your preferred format. Browse our releases at: https://assemblage23.bandcamp.com
New Project from Tom Shear and Mari Kattman: Helix
Musician Tom Shear [Assemblage 23, Nerve Filter, Surveillance] and vocalist Mari Kattman [Day Twelve, Mari and the Ghost, Mari Kattman] are no strangers to collaboration, having worked together several times over the past five years. So it seemed to be a natural conclusion that the duo embark on a project all their own. The result is Helix – a genre-defying sonic tapestry mixing electronics and organic elements with Kattman’s haunting vocal harmonies. Elements of trip-hop, dub, dream pop, synth-pop, and lofi combine into a mélange of seductive beats, found sounds, eerie textures, and distant melodies cutting through the fog like a distant lighthouse. Beats for sleepwalkers and insomniacs. Cinema for your ears at 2 AM.
Helix will be making its debut on the next Electronic Saviours compilation on Metropolis Records, with a full-length album out later this year. In the meantime, please follow the official Helix Facebook page for the latest updates as they become available.
Upcoming Tom Shear DJ Dates
We finish off this busy 2017 with two final DJ gigs. Hope to see lots of you there!
• December 16th @ Club Necromancy - 1119 21st Street, Sacramento, CA Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/132214164102580/
• December 31st @ QXT's - 248 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/803122143232385/
Last Minute Storewide Sale on A23 Merchandise!
If you're anything like me, you always wait until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping, leaving you in a panic as to what to get your loved ones. Well, if your loved ones happen to be A23 fans, here's your last minute at some last minute savings on your gift-giving.
Until the end of the year, EVERYTHING on the Assemblage 23 Online Store is on sale anywhere from 14%-33% off! Order now to receive your order in time for Christmas.
DON'T WAIT! PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW! https://assemblage23.com/store
• May 20th, 2017 - Convergence 23 - Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
• July 7th, 2017 - Halloween in July - Denver, CO @ Bar Standard
• July 28th-30th - Terminus Festival - Edmonton, AB, [CAN] @ Dickens
• September 30th - Coldwaves Festival - Chicago, IL @ Metro Chicago
Tom Shear to DJ Uranium Springs Festival
Yours truly will be spinning a DJ set at the Uranium Springs Detonation 3 event. This is a really great event in the middle of the desert in Sun Valley Arizona. My friends Imperative Reaction will be there as well.
Sale on All 23db Records CDs
Pick up any of the in-print 23db Records CDs for only $9.99 (28% off!). Available releases are Nerve Filter's "linear", Assemblage 23's "Early, Rare, and Unreleased Vol. 02", Lost Signal's "Eviscerate", and Surveillance's "Oceania".
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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!
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!
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