Saetia was a New York City-based screamo band that is often considered one of the definitive groups of the genre, and they are often credited as being the source of a resurgence in popularity the genre experienced in the late 1990s. Saetia existed as a band from February 1997 to October 1999, when they broke up. Their name originates from a misspelling of the Miles Davis track «Saeta», from his landmark album Sketches of Spain, which, in turn, was named after 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 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 indie-rock 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, and The Fiction, as well as the hardcore punk outfit Instruction.
Saetia’s final, posthumous single, «Eronel» 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
Demo Cassette (Level Plane)
Saetia - 7» (Level Plane)
Saetia - LP/CD (Mountain Coop)
ABC No Rio Benefit - CD (Level Plane)
A Retrospective - CD (Level Plane)
Eronel - 7» (Witching Hour)