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'.