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|Origin||New York City, New York, United States|
|Associated acts||Hot Cross
|Past members||Billy Werner
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.
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.
- Billy Werner – vocals on all
- Greg Drudy – drums 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
- Demo (1997), Level Plane - cassette
- Saetia (1997), Level Plane - 7" (1000 copies pressed, various different sleeves exist)
- Saetia (1998), Mountain Co-op - LP/CD (800 Pressed with Black Regular covers, 100 Pressed with 'Black Negative photo' covers, 100 Tour edition versions numbered and hand printed)
- ABC No Rio Benefit (1999), Level Plane - CD
- Eronel (2000), Witching Hour - 7" (1000 copies with a regular sleeve. 100 hand-numbered copies with a paperback sleeve, 25 hand-numbered copies with a "Gravestone" sleeve, available as part of the witching hour records subscription series, 10 manilla envelope editions, with a band photo glued to the front.)
- A Retrospective (2001), Level Plane - CD