SIRSY

SIRSY

 Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
DuoRockSoul

Rock & soul duo with lots of pop sensibility and just the right amount of sass. "SIRSY is NOT simply a 2 piece, they are a head scratching, WOW! The guitar player is flawless & raw. Clean enough to be enjoyed, & just edgy enough to make you grin. The lead singer/drummer/bass player is stunning. With a great voice & an even better smile. This is the complete package in a fun sized, rock & roll, smiling laughing, have a good goddamn time with your friends, band!” - SXSW Music Blog (Austin TX)

Biography

SIRSY is a rock & 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).

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.

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 a 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. Both Mel and Rich have theatre 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).

“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)

Lyrics

"Cannonball" - by SIRSY

Written By: Lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer | Music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti (SIRSY)

C A N N O N B A L L
lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer
music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti
©2010 sirsymusic (BMI)

(Hey, Hey)

Oh, we learn to be an army
To keep from breaking with the day
And some battlescars we camoflauge
While some give us away

(Hey, Hey)
You know safe ain't free
(Hey, Hey)
And purple hearts still bleed
(Hey, Hey)
Got to let it be, baby
(Hey, Hey)
So, come On

Love is a Cannonball
Crashing through all our defenses
Love is a Cannonball
So what are we fighting for

Oh, we learn each day's a killer
It's on our faces, look around
But we've got to hope it makes us stronger
So just burn that white flag down

(Hey, Hey)
You know safe ain't free
(Hey, Hey)
And purple hearts still bleed
(Hey, Hey)
Got to let it be, baby
(Hey, Hey)
So, come On

Love is a Cannonball
Crashing through all our defenses
Love is a Cannonball
So what are we fighting for

"Lionheart" - by SIRSY

Written By: Lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer | Music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti (SIRSY)

L I O N H E A R T
lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer
music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti
©2011 sirsymusic (BMI)

To whom it may concern
I chase my tail again
I'll never catch it so
I know I'll never win

And you say I'm better than
The damage that I do
But I just can't see myself
The way that you seem to

Lying, lionheart
I'll run again
Go on and try to catch
Me if you can

To whom it may concern
I've used up all my faith
Now I'm the only one
Who's standing in my way

And you say I'm braver for
The damage I've been through
Wish I could see myself
The way that you seem to

Lying, lionheart
I'll run again
Go on and try to catch
Me if you can

All of my courage, All of my courage
I have faked it
All of my courage, All of my courage
Was mistaken
All of my courage, All of my courage
I have faked it
'Cause I've never been as brave as I've wanted to be

Lying, lionheart
I'll run again
Go on and try to catch
Me if you can

To whom it may concern
I chase my tail again
I'll never catch it so
I know I'll never win

"Red Letter Days" - by SIRSY

Written By: Lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer | Music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti (SIRSY)

R E D L E T T E R D A Y S
lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer
music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti
©2012 sirsymusic (BMI)

Happiness it came on like a wonder
Happiness was such a nice surprise
'Cause baby you and I kept making bad news
So I have got to shut off the supply

Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah

I cannot waste another day with you
It's all blue skies and red letter days
Without you

I don't want to hang on second chances
I don't want to have another cry
I just want to scream it from the roof tops
And I just want to write it in the sky

Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah

I cannot waste another day with you
It's all blue skies and red letter days
Without you

And now that, I've let you go
Oh-woah, oh-woah, woah, woah
It's true that my troubles all but leaving

I cannot waste another day with you
It's all blue skies and red letter days
Without you

I cannot waste another day with you
It's all blue skies and red letter days
Without you

"Brave and Kind" - by SIRSY

Written By: Lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer | Music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti (SIRSY)

B R A V E A N D K I N D
lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer
music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti
©2011 sirsymusic (BMI)

One for strength
Two for joy
Three for better days

All that I
Counted on
Seems so far away

So here I stand
On foreign ground
Trying not to sway

With nothing left to lose
but everything

DARE ME TO TRY
TO MAKE ME WHOLE
AND I WILL FIGHT
I WILL TRY
TO BE BRAVE AND KIND

One for hope
Two for grace
Three for chancing it

All that I counted on
I took for granted

With this scar
I am found
I am branded

With everything to lose
This is nothing

DARE ME TO TRY
TO MAKE ME WHOLE
AND I WILL FIGHT
I WILL TRY
TO BE BRAVE AND KIND

I am blood
I am bones
But I am not afraid

"Gold" - by SIRSY

Written By: Lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer | Music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti (SIRSY)

G O L D
lyrics by: Melanie Krahmer
music by: Melanie Krahmer & Rich Libutti
©2012 sirsymusic (BMI)

I suppose I'm sorry doesn't mend it
I made a mess of everything again and
It'd be fair if you just walked away

But you should know it's better than before and
I'm not one for ledges anymore and
I've been trying harder than I say

So don't say
It's too late
To save us now
'Cause all I know
Is that the shine goes
And few stay gold
But baby you're my gold

I suppose forgiving doesn't end it
'Cause we're bound to screw it up again but
Just know I never meant to let you down

I guess it was so hard for me to see since
You've been the anchor keeping hold of me
That you would be the one of us to drown

So don't say
It's too late
To save us now
'Cause all I know
Is that the shine goes
And few stay gold
But baby you're my gold

And I always thought you knew
That all I want is you

So don't say
It's too late
To save us now
'Cause all I know
Is that the shine goes
And few stay gold
But baby you're my gold

Discography

"Revolution" (October 2009 )

"Coming Into Frame" (March 2013)

Set List

SIRSY can play anything from a 30 minute showcase to a 3 hour (3 set) show.

SIRSY's show is passionate, & high-energy. SIRSY appeals to fans of all ages.

Occasional covers by artists such as: The Beatles,  Radiohead, Cage The Elephant, The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, U2, Counting Crows...