Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins

Sarah RabDAU & Self-Employed Assassins

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandAlternativePop

Passionate Pop for the 'Misconnected'.

Biography

Started in 2006, Self-Employed Assassins formed by way of the internet with drummer Matt Graber looking for a project while abroad in Israel, and Boston based singer/songwriter Sarah Rabdau looking to put together a band in her hometown. After a few emails, an international move, and a spot of tea, Graber and Rabdau hit it off like long lost relatives.

Three years later, the band put out a self-titled full-length record that highlighted their musical chemistry and passionate pop. Sarah's voice swirling and raging over her classically influenced piano parts, and Matt punctuating with his melodic yet frenetic drumming. The album, produced by Peter Moore (Blue Man Group, Think Tree), won them local attention, radio play and a semi-finalist spot in the 2009 WBCN Rumble.

In support of the album, they created a technicolor-inspired video for their song 'Autumn Spills'. Directed by Theodore Cormey, the song and video's lovelorn message resonated with audiences around the country and was featured on Bravo!Videos, several independent film festivals, and even won 'Audience Choice' at the SENE fesitval.

In 2010, while prepping new material for recording, Graber and Rabdau decided to expand their live sound to better match what they were hearing for the new album. This dynamic duo metamorphosed into a quartet, now featuring Eric Donohue on bass and Peter Moore on keyboards. The new line-up strengthens and bolsters the compelling arrangements of S.E.A's songs, while also allowing Rabdau to step away from the keys and front the band. Rabdau, who spent much of her childhood in the theatre, is a natural showman; flirting, and pulling in audiences with the flick of her tongue.

Self-Employed Assassins continually play up and down the Northeast, and have shared the stage with Wakey!Wakey!, Nicole Atkins, Bowerbirds and Other Lives. Their song 'Weekend' was recently featured on PBS's 'Roadtrip Nation'.

Lyrics

Autumn Spills

Written By: Sarah Rabdau

I slept a thousand hours
Last night my dreams were photographed
Morning sips from heaven's cup
While he's still in my bed

Autumn Spills into my window
I think I'll go back to him
Autumn Spills into my window
I think I'll go back to him

I will take him in my arms and pass on these well wishes
Touch him where the extensions of his body need caressing
oh....

Autumn Spills into my window
I think I'll go back to him
the rest of the day is carried away by the hours I'll ravish him

I will take him in my arms and pass on these well wishes
Touch him where the extensions of his body need caressing
I will take him in my arms and pass on these well wishes
Touch him where the extensions of his body need caressing

I will take him in my arms
I will take him in my arms
oh.....

Riots and Revolutions

Written By: Sarah Rabdau

Riots and Revoluions

300 million lives past the point of no return
It came and went with cum stains left and hardly a lesson learned
Hello, this just in… blood in the streets today
But turn your lights off and it will go away
In the dark and arrogant, I’m a good American

You want it faster
Something easy
It’s what you’re after
Here you go

Riots and Revolutions
a clip of a full song
we would sit and listen through
if 10 seconds weren’t so long

Hello, this just in…ten more died today
But turn your lights off and it will go away
In the dark and arrogant, I’m a good American

You want it faster
Something easy
It’s what you’re after
Here you go
Here you go
Here you go

Weekend

Written By: Sarah Rabdau

In the morning our bodies lie
further apart than the day before
Pretty soon you'll be in Los Angeles
and I'll be in New York.

A world apart across the dinner table
in a silence you can see
That you keep swimming for me is devastating
So what’s a few thousand kisses when there’s a million misses?

It’s always raining on the weekend

You pull me closer to you and I can’t breathe
The tighter you hold the more you suffocate me
You think you’ll get to me this time but I’m dead inside

It’s always raining on the weekend
It’s always raining on the weekend
It’s always raining on
It’s always raining on

Discography

*Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins (2009)
*Benevolent Apollo LP (2004)- debut album
*The song 'Light Up' was chosen to be part of the Ars Nova Compilation. Artists were selected from CD Baby.com

Set List

Original Songs. Occasional covers: Running Up That Hill-Kate Bush, Bulletproof- La Roux.