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Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins:
Sarah Rabdau - vocals, piano, songwriter
Matt Graber: drums
hometown: Boston, Ma
released their s/t album Jan ‘09

With piano that glitters and smolders, and vocals that seethe and soar, Sarah RabDAU and Self-Employed Assassins’ songs are a wish list of things we should have said. “You should have loved me,” the heroine laments to her lover/victim in the band’s namesake ballad, Self-Employed Assassin. In the delightfully nasty Crushing, a rising starlet is rebuked for her ruthless ambition: “I hope all the people that you stepped on didn’t stain your dress.”

Rabdau warbles, whispers and wails these quips with a voice that most closely resembles that of Bjork or Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. Rabdau’s piano pounds and cascades, drawing equally from Erik Satie and Phil Spector, with unapologetic nods to the usual girl-at-piano influences. Drummer Matt Graber (Mascara, ex-Caged Heat) demurs, bolsters and punctuates, always keeping the melody in the forefront.

Self-Employed Assassins formed in 2005, as Rabdau was forging a new direction in the aftermath of her well-received William Orbit-influenced release, ‘Benevolent Apollo.’ Graber, then living in Israel, discovered Rabdau’s music on the internet. “It was so strange to have a drummer contact me,” says Rabdau. “Most of them avoid me like the black death because I�m not rock enough for them.”

Immediately upon Graber’s return to Boston, the two of us hit it off like brother and sister,’ says Rabdau. On stage, this connection is palpable. Watching Rabdau and Graber perform feels like you’re intercepting a note passed in study hall.


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