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SAFER is a rock ‘n’ roll dance band from Brooklyn, NY. Comprised of vocalist bassist Mattie Safer (The Rapture/Poolside), drummer Abdon Valdez, guitarists Darren O’Brien & Liz Hogg, and percussionists Rosie Slater, the band’s sound is a delectable blend of post-punk freneticism mixed with a powerful, soulful vocal delivery and a well-honed pop sensibility. The band has forged a reputation across NYC for their highly danceable, chaotic live show.
SAFER frontman Mattie Safer cut his teeth in the New York City indie scene as a bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist with genre-bending dance-rock pioneers The Rapture. Their debut album Echoes (Pitchfork’s album of the year in 2003) set the world alight and introduced dance music to uptight indie kids across the world, selling and streaming millions of records and touring extensively across the world. Currently singing and playing bass with daytime disco progenitors Poolside, Safer has collaborated with industry heavyweights such as James Murphy, Paul Epworth, Timbaland, Danger Mouse, and more.
SAFER recorded its debut album in 2022 with producer Carlos Truly (Ava Luna, Gustaf, Juan Wauters).