The long awaited synth collaboration between the East and West of the United States is finally here. HELIX marks the musical marriage between the Rhode Island songstress Mari Kattman and the man behind everything ASSEMBLAGE 23, Seattle-based Tom Shear.
It comes as no surprise that Shear can deliver musically, it’s also not news that Kattman is a valid artist on her own, but those two twinned together provide higher levels of musical enjoyment. Continue Reading ›
As the Yule Tide season gets into full swing, The Electricity Club presents a collection of modern seasonal tunes with a more artful slant...
With a song to play on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas plus a bonus track for Christmas Eve, each has their own take on the holiday period, whether happy or sad or both.
Whatever your plans for the holiday period, please remember, a synth is for life and not just for Christmas… may it bring you lots of cheer Continue Reading ›
Tom Shear, working under the alias of ASSEMBLAGE 23 and as the responsible parent of his side project SURVEILLANCE, has been active in the electronica field for over 20 years.
Having recently released his eighth studio opus, 'Endure', backed by a rather impressive crowdfunding, he's looking forward to coming back to the UK for some live shows. TEC is chatting to the man himself about past, present and future of ASSEMBLAGE 23. Continue Reading ›
2016 will forever be remembered as the year when a significant number of cultural icons and popular musical figures left us; DAVID BOWIE, PRINCE, TOMITA, PETE BURNS, COLIN VERNCOMBE, KEITH EMERSON, DON BUCHLA and LEONARD COHEN were just some of the names who sadly departed.
But despite sadness that loomed, the year did produce some good music, particularly in the second half of the year, although in all, 2016 was not a vintage year for electronic pop. Continue Reading ›
Seattle based musician Tom Shear has carved a justifiably successful career over the past 20 or so years with acclaimed releases such as ‘Compass’ and ‘Storm’. 2012’s ‘Bruise’ album saw a move towards a more mature sound.
In the interim, Shear returned to a harder EBM style with the side project SURVEILLANCE, made possible via a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign. The same approach has been deployed for the latest ASSEMBLAGE 23 release ‘Endure’. Continue Reading ›