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Assemblage 23

Assemblage 23 is the brainchild of Seattle-based Tom Shear, who spent a decade on various electronic projects before finding success as a respected EBM act. For live performances he is accompanied by Paul Seegers on keyboards and Kevin Choby on electronic drums.

Although he had previously written music, it wasn't until 1988, when, at a concert by Depeche Mode, Shear was inspired by the industrial sounds spun by the opening DJ. He soon shifted from instrumental synth-pop (under the name Man on a Stage) to a combination of his punk, synth-pop, and industrial influences. Changing the name to Assemblage 23, Shear self-released Wires in 1992, with little interest from record labels. In the mid-'90s, he produced tracks for a side project called Nerve Filter, exploring dark, instrumental techno (previous endeavors included playing bass for the Advocates, as well as the short-lived synth-pop project Procession). Finally, in 1995, Arts Industria released the first Assemblage 23 track, "Graverobber," on a compilation. In 1998, Canadian label Gashed signed Assemblage 23 and the following year released its first full-length, Contempt. In 2001, the follow-up, Failure, a mature recording of electro and industrial dance, was issued and found popularity in dance clubs. After difficulties with Gashed, Assemblage 23 signed with Metropolis in 2001, re-releasing Contempt and Failure. ~ Kenyon Hopkin, Rovi
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Track List: Spark (Radio Single)

Comments

Good old-fashione d meaningful old school
There's no artist that combines lyrical genius with a heavy synthesized beat like Tom Shear. Everything is so intricate, and designed to complement. I wish that more people could experience the talent and work ethic of A23.
This guy is phenomenal.
Madman's Dream... Go Assemblage 23!!!
i feel a night of dancing coming over me.....
Spark will ignite your soul.
WOW
Love it! makes me wanna dance!
I've been a musician for 38 years. I knew music when I was ten. This is music that resonates thoroughly. So different than anything that I have ever heard. This music is in a class all it's own. I love this! I have to get this.
Love it all
This man has changed my life
Top 100 song for me, seen him in concert in Oklahoma City, OK..he played this and fans gathered in joy and tears
I think Infinite is my fav!
This really makes me want to dance
wasted6
nice album pic
one of my favorite artists
Fantastic
torok.43
Assemblage 23 are my second favourite band for Future pop right after VNV Nation.
Tom Shear you're an idol to me!
dvdmoffit
Disappoint is a great song by Assemblage 23. Lyrics are pretty sad if you listen to them or look them up.
I listen to a large variety of music, assemblage23 is the best :)
Great artist
amberr03073
Great band! Gotta hear more.
Favorite band of all time!
Sounds outstanding, need more!
yeti30312
sounds like a poor depeche mode ripoff.
It sounds alot like Blutengle to me. I really like it though
Shalom Tom! May you be filled with peace, love, joy, wisdom, truth, light and great prosperity this new age!
Wow, WOW! Inspired by Depeche Mode! You can hear the influence. :) Also, at the beginning, the sound seemed like it was taken from an Information Society song-- Ending World, I believe?
Tom Shear is a lyrical genius! Damaged is my favorite song as I can relate (as I'm sure we all can). And... his inspiration was DM!!! Double bonus! I'm surprised A23 isn't more well known though. Talent like this should be shared for the whole world to enjoy!
Hear for first time on Pandora. added to my iPhone. Love this artist!
dwan.nazgul
Seeing them in about 2 hours--stoke d !
simplyjuli
Assemblege 23 is fantastic in concert! So worth the wait
jawalthersr
Great Album!!!!
dhurst886
pretty amazing, its chill
I LOVE IT!!!
taintedsoal
Good stuff. Way better than corn.
i like corn
great music
just got into them they kick a**
Great band. Damaged is great. It makes you think about things.
Great band with a number of great songs I recremend this group to alot of people looking into more different Industrial ebm acts to sink their teeth into.
andreas0972
Great song!
peachy
I hope they come out with another album?:-)
shear's stuff really gets to the heart of music
Saw them live and it was horrendous. Oh well, back to loving the studio versions.
Love it! Love It! Love iT! I get so much from this music~
delpurg
I was turned on to Shear's Stuff two years ago. instant fan -
fishingphysi c i a n
Raw emotion is what its all about lyrically with A23. His father committed suicide. He writes great songs that can actually be therapeutic.
the lyrics here are amazing assemblage 23 perfectly depicts raw emotion .love it .
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