NY duo SIRSY has released a new music video for their single “Thieves”. Guitarist Rich Libutti provides vintage effects that sound almost like an organ as it bounces along with the quirky, animated video (created by Philippe Blain). The story line pokes fun at the less than desirable industry folk the band has run into in their careers.
“We have been in this thing called the ‘music industry’ for a while now,” says vocalist Mel Krahmer. “During that time we’ve been able to meet some really wonderful people. We’ve also met some ‘other’ people… and they are the folks who inspired the theme of this song and music video.“
Krahmer fronts the hook-heavy band and not only has a great, soulful voice, but performs while standing up and playing a full size drum kit. Her talent has landed her features with Modern Drummer and endorsements from Paiste Cymbals. SIRSY’s live performance (which can be seen roughly 250 times a year as they tour full-time) radiates joy and has landed them opening spots for acts like Maroon 5, Train, Cheap Trick and more.
“Thieves” comes from the band’s latest EP Sketches & Ghosts available now on iTunes.
10/11: LINCOLN, NE (Duffy’s Tavern)
10/12: AMES, IA (DG’S Taphouse)
10/13: DUBUQUE, IA (The Smokestack)
10/14: CHICAGO, IL (Moe’s Tavern)
10/15: MAUMEE, OH (The Village Idiot)
10/19: House Concert
10/21: NEWBURY, NH (Salt Hill Pub)
10/22: NEW CANAAN, CT (Gates)
10/23: LAKE GEORGE, NY (Harvest Fest)
10/26: UTICA, NY (Mohawk Valley Winery)
10/27: SARATOGA, NY (Gaffney’s)
10/28: ALBANY, NY (Parish Public House)
10/29: House Concert
11/4: BURDETT, NY (Grist Iron Brewing Co)
11/5: SYRACUSE, NY (Funk N’ Waffles Dwtn)
11/10: QUECHEE, VT (CJ’S DINER)
11/11: CLAREMONT, NH (Taverne on the Sq)
11/12: MANCHESTER, CT (Hungry Tiger)
11/17: SARATOGA, NY (Gaffney’s)
11/18: BINGHAMTON, NY (McGirk’s)
11/19: MANCHESTER, NH (The Shaskeen)
11/23: AUBURN, NY (Moondog’s Lounge)
11/25: CORNING, NY (That Other Place)
11/26: SCHENECTADY, NY (Katie O’Byrnes)
12/1: NEW YORK, NY (The Bitter End)
12/2: UTICA, NY (Tramontane Café)
12/3: POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (Chance Theatre/Foodstock)
12/9: CORTLAND, NY (Stone Lounge)
12/10: SYRACUSE, NY (Shifty’s)
12/15: SARATOGA, NY (Gaffney’s)
12/16: NEWPORT, NH (Salt Hill)
12/17: NEW CANAAN, CT (Gates)
12/23: MANCHESTER, CT (Main Pub)
12/30: CLAREMONT, NH (Taverne On the Square)
12/31: SARATOGA, NY (Saratoga City Ctr- First Night)
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 balls on a buffalo.
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). 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. Guitarist Rich Libutti plays a well-loved and road-worn Rickenbacker through a pedal board 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).
Sirsy has played over 250 shows a year nationally for the last 10 years. They average about 60,000 miles per year in their little white van aptly named “Miles” as they tour for a living. You will normally find them in the headline slot but they have also been
special guests of such musical stalwarts as Maroon 5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Train, RaRaRiot, Third Eye Blind, 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. 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 Showtime original series “Shameless.” Their music video for “Lionheart” was in the rotation on MTVu and their song “Revolution” was the theme song for a PBS documentary “So Right So Smart” (the music video was also in rotation on HBOZone).