Genre: Screamo. That’s it.
For Fans Of: Joshua Fit for Battle, Neil Perry, Raein, Orchid
Billy Werner all day folks. Hopefully those of you who read this blog know something about screamo. And if you know something about screamo, then you know Saetia. If you don’t know Saetia, read and learn. Saetia was around for three (short) years, 1997-2000, and during those years they created quite a name for themselves. Not until I read a wikipedia account about Saetia did I learn that their name comes from a misspelling of a Miles Davis song “Saeta”. For a long time I thought it came from language I knew nothing about. Learning shit.
These dudes know how to rawk. Hard. Through their short band life they put a couple of splits, and one terrifically awesome full length “A Retrospective”. Saetia is everything you want in a screamo band. Brutal screaming, well done singing, tight guitar and bass, but what really sets them apart from the rest is Billy’s ridiculous screaming. His vocals are amazingly versatile going from beautiful yell/screaming in songs such as “Endymion” or “The Poet You Never Wear”, to straight gut worthy screaming in “Burden of Reflecting”. There has been many a critic explaining how Billy’s vocals are sub par. They can criticize all they want, just do it on your own blog. There are instances where his voice falters, but thats because he just spent the last four minutes tearing your ear drums out. Give it a try. Takes some practice.
They have a harsh sound, but at the same time they can really be melodic and have fucking sweet lyrics. The end of “Endymion” still gives me something to sweat over. ”Some Natures Catch No Plagues” is another gem in their arsenal, and the lyrics will probably make you contemplate you tattooing them to your arm. Your decision. Unfortunately after three years they decided to break up, but that is not to say they did not go on to form equally good bands. Billy and Greg Durdy (who is also one of the founding members of the band we all love, Interpol) went on to form Hot Cross, which had members from tight bands like Joshua Fit for Battle and Neil Perry. Matt Smith, Jamie Behar and Steven Roche went on too form Off Minor.
There is so much debate over whether you are a Saetia fan or a Hot Cross/Off Minor fan. Personally, I am Saetia through and through BUT Hot Cross and Off Minor rip like crazy, and they are all so different. They are amazing in their own individual way. Hot Cross broke up in 2007 and I am pretty positive Off Minor is still plucking. Definitely check them out folks. I am going to load “A Retrospective” on here. Be sure to download it. Every track is a beauty.
Download “A Retrospective” : http://www.mediafire.com/?t5dgryhm0zz