Saetia

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Saetia
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Screamo[1]
Years active 1997–2000
Labels Level Plane
Associated acts Hot Cross
Off Minor
Website www.level-plane.com/saetia/
Past members Billy Werner
Greg Drudy
Jamie Behar
Steve Roche
Matt Smith
Adam Marino
Alex Madara
Colin Bartoldus

Saetia (pronounced say-shuh) was a New York City-based screamo band. Their name originates from a misspelling of the Miles Davis track "Saeta", from his album Sketches of Spain, which, in turn, was named after the saeta, a religious tradition of flamenco music. (This is similar to fellow screamo band Joshua Fit For Battle, whose name was a corruption of the traditional American spiritual song "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho"; other members of Saetia later formed Off Minor, which is the title of a Thelonious Monk composition.) Saetia use elements of new wave and indie rock in their songs.[2]

Overview[edit]

Saetia had numerous members throughout its existence, with frequent changes in membership. The band's first bass player, Alex Madara, was affected by a severe allergic reaction which placed him into a coma for eight days, finally resulting in his death on 1998-12-14.

Their drummer, Greg Drudy, was the original drummer of the band Interpol prior to their current popularity. He currently runs the record label Level Plane. Other members of the band continued their musical careers in numerous outfits, some of them joining screamo bands such as Off Minor, Hot Cross, Iselia, and The Fiction, as well as the bands Errortype: Eleven and Instruction.

Saetia's final, posthumous single, "Eronel" (also a title of a Thelonious Monk composition) was released under the Witching Hour label in 2000. The single contains three songs recorded by Steve Roche and mixed by Pat Kenneally.

Band members[edit]

  • Billy Wernervocals on all
  • Greg Drudydrums on all
  • Jamie Behar – guitar on all
  • Adam Marino – guitar on Demo, Saetia 7", Saetia LP/CD
  • Alex Madara – bass on Demo, Saetia 7"
  • Colin Bartoldus – bass on Saetia LP/CD, guitar on Eronel 7"
  • Steve Roche – bass on Eronel 7"
  • Matt Smith – bass at final live performance

Discography[edit]

  • Demo (1997), Level Plane - cassette
  • Saetia (1997), Level Plane - 7"
  • Saetia (1998), Mountain Co-op - LP/CD
  • ABC No Rio Benefit (1999), Level Plane - CD
  • Eronel (2000), Witching Hour - 7"
  • A Retrospective (2001), Level Plane - CD

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Buege (June 15, 2008). "Circle Takes the Square is in the Studio". Metal Injection. Retrieved June 17, 2008. 
  2. ^ Scheda sulla band da allmusic.com