/ Saratoga Springs, NY USA
“Little band, big sound.” (-The Boston , MA)
SIRSY is a rock and soul duo with lots of pop sensibility and just the right amount of sass. The Boston Globe sums it up, “Little band. Big Sound.” No more needs to be said. Although the only thing “little” about Sirsy is that there’s just two of them. The rest is bigger than a T-Rex.
Close your eyes and listen to the power and heart in their music and you’ll swear there’s more than two people on stage. It’s crank up the volume, sing along at the top of your lungs music — even when the ballads kick in. Plus, “Their clever, smart songs have more hooks than a tacklebox.” (-Times Union).
“One of most powerful and flexible voices you’ll ever hear. (-Times Union, NY)
SIRSY is fronted by powerhouse vocalist Melanie (Mel) Krahmer, who is described as “one of the most powerful & flexible voices you’ll ever hear.” (-Times Union). Aftertaste Magazine said, “Bursting and belting out emotion and substance, she can be the queen of ‘in the groove’ rocking or be simple and delicate.” Still, there is more to Mel than her soul-inspired vocals: she also plays a full drum kit while standing up (she’s been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine and is officially endorsed by Paiste Cymbals and Vater Percussion). At their live shows, Mel also plays bass parts with a drum stick (on a keyboard mounted on her drums). She even throws in an occasional flute solo, too.
“Killer rock guitar riffs that are every schoolboy’s dream.” (-Instrumental Magazine Scotland)
Guitarist Rich Libutti plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board full of vintage effects. “The guitar player is flawless and raw. Clean enough to be enjoyed, and just edgy enough to make you grin.” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX). Live, Rich also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet.
Sirsy has played over 250 shows per year nationally for the last 10 years. They average about 60,000 miles per year in their little white van aptly named “Miles”. They tour for a living. Although you’ll normally find them in the headline slot, they’ve also opened for: Maroon 5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Train, RaRaRiot, Third Eye Blind, Collective Soul, Lifehouse, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, and many more. SIRSY has played official showcases at CMJ and SXSW as well as marquee venues like The Viper Room and Gramercy Theater.
“Inventive rock and roll.” (-Hartford Courant, CT)
Both Mel and Rich have theater backgrounds. So, their energetic live show often includes stories and laughter from the stage. Although the lyrics can be introspective and the power of Sirsy can get pretty intense, “there is no sadness there”, Mel says. On stage they radiate joy. “It’s just us being free and playing music…”
SIRSY is currently hard at work writing new songs for a follow-up to their latest EP “Sketches and Ghosts” and their most recent full-length offering, “Coming into Frame”. “Coming into Frame” was produced by Grammy-winners, Paul Kolderie & Sean Slade (Radiohead, Hole, Dresden Dolls, Pixies). SIRSY’s song “Cannonball” was featured on the hit tv show “Shameless” (on Showtime). Their music video for “Lionheart” was in rotation on MTVu and their song “Revolution” was the theme song for a PBS documentary “So Right, So Smart”. (The music video for ‘Revolution’ was also in rotation on HBO).
“Edgy-feel-good” and fun to watch…”
“Pouring their souls out and rocking the shit outta the crowd, was SIRSY … just phenomenal! SIRSY is NOT simply a two piece, they are a head scratching, ‘WOW!’ This is the complete package in a fun sized, rock and roll, smiling, laughing, have a good goddamn time with your friends, band!” (-SXSW Music Blog, Austin TX) “SIRSY is Highly talented, “edgy-feel-good” and fun to watch, you gotta go see them.” (-Houston Music Blog)
“A lot of people can’t stand touring but to me it’s like breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it.” -Bob Dylan
Driven is right! We will in fact be driving to California and back in the next 3 months. We’ll be leaving SIRSY headquarters in our trusty van Miles on January 18th and we won’t be back until April 20th. We’ll be playing several dates in Maryland, Virginia, North & South Carolina, Florida, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and then back to New York!
We’ll be exposing ourselves (tee-hee) and our music to many SIRSY virgins along the way. We estimate that it will cost $1.24/mile to make it to California and back. The money you donate here will help us pay for gas, lodging, and just plain survival along the way. Your donation supports both the arts and the needy in one fell swoop! We’re a very lucky band to have you. You are awesome.
Plus get some perks, depending on how much you donate:
- 10 miles – EXCLUSIVE MP3 download of SIRSY performing a cover song
- 20 miles – Two additional EXCLUSIVE cover songs for a total of three
- 40 miles – All three songs plus a brand new SIRSY 2017 US Tour shirt!
- 250 miles – All of the above PLUS we will Skype or Facetime with you from the road AND play a song for you. Ha! Cool!
BONUS CONTEST : Guess how many miles we’ll drive on the whole tour.(All the way to California and back home to New York.) The closest guess will win one of Melanie’s cracked cymbals. (Autographed, of course!)