Kill Sadie was a Minneapolis-based post-hardcore band who formed in 1997 and eventually split in 2001 after a large number of line-up changes. It proved to be a launching ground for several influential modern emo, hardcore, and indie musicians, who found larger success in other outfits such as Minus the Bear, Pretty Girls Make Graves and These Arms Are Snakes. Rather than seek popular appeal or radio play, the band adopted the familiar DIY ethic of constant touring. They are often grouped with many of the 80s-90s emo bands such Rites of Spring and Texas Is The Reason although their musical style would probably be better described in reference to the members' subsequent projects.
The band formed in 1997 in the Twin Cities area (Minneapolis/ St. Paul) of Minnesota. An early influence was D.C. band Swiz, who also inspired the font used on early releases. Reminiscent of bands like Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu in work ethic and spirit, they pushed away from the hardcore scene that rooted their sound to experiment with adding sonic presence, electronic beats and sampling, as well as multi-layered vocals.
The band's name was taken from an incident at a party. Founding drummer Erin Tate was informed by his brother Knol (guitarist) that a girl named "Sadie tried to kill him." Tate responded that "someone should kill Sadie." The band's name is often broken into two words ("Kill Sadie") though it is just as common for the phrase to be combined into a single word.
They were eventually driven apart not only by moving from Minneapolis to Seattle, but mainly by directions they wanted to take the band, as is evident in the member's later projects.
Always different and fresh, Kill Sadie's sound ranged from soft ethereal jazz to screaming hardcore. The band mixed these two with stark originality and influenced many before they broke up. The smooth watery bass work and almost harp sounding guitar taps were rare to find in hardcore punk bands, a classification that barely describes the band's style. Their closest contemporaries were probably At the Drive-In, Murder City Devils, or on their lighter side Sunny Day Real Estate.
Killsadie's lineup changed several times due to touring and internal conflict.
Erin Tate - drums (Spring 1997-Fall 2001) now of Onalaska/Askeleton/Minus The Bear,
J. Clark - guitar (Summer 1997-Fall 2001) now of Sharks Keep Moving/Pretty Girls Make Graves/Jaguar Love,
Steve Snere - vocals (Spring 1999-Fall 2001) now of These Arms Are Snakes/Crypts,
Patrick Scott - guitar/vocals (Fall 1999-Fall 2001) My Lai, Solo/DJ/producer/live sound engineer now of Locks/97-Shiki/Unur,
Cory Murchy - bass (Winter 2001-Fall 2001) now of Minus The Bear,
Andy Wolff - roadie/honorary member (Spring 1997 - Spring 2000),
Rebecca Dunbar - keyboard (Summer 2001-Fall 2001),
Bruce J Wuollet - guitar (Spring 1999-Fall 1999) THEMES,
Bob Eisenbise - bass (Spring 1997-Fall 2000) now of Chibalo,
Josh VanLoon - vocals (January 1997-Winter 1998),
Jason Aronen - vocals (Spring 1997-Fall 1997)went on to sing in THE REAL ENEMY and HOPE YOU CHOKE,
Erik Hanson - guitar (Spring 1997-Summer 1997) Flickr,
Knol Tate - guitar (Spring 1997-Fall 1999) now of Askeleton