The Boston Globe sums it up, “Little band. Big Sound.” No more needs to be said. Although the only thing “little” about Sirsy is there are just two of them. The rest is bigger than balls on a buffalo.
Listen to the power in their latest recording “Coming Into Frame”. You can feel it. It’s crank-up the volume music, even when the heartfelt ballads kick in. And why so much power?
Melanie Krahmer on drums and vocals, Rich Libutti on guitar. That’s why.
And, according to Sirsy a lot of credit goes to Grammy-winning producers, Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade (Hole, Radiohead, Dresden Dolls, Pixies). According to Melanie, known as Mel to fans and friends alike, “Our fans have said that the energy of our live show hasn’t translated onto our previous recordings.
They are going to notice a different energy level on this record and it’s because of how Paul and Sean worked with us.”
Do you know what a click track is? It’s like a metronome and is used in recording to keep things perfect. Some believe it can take away from the spontaneity of a recording artist. According to Mel, “On some tracks, Paul and Sean didn’t use a click track on purpose. The result is a few of the songs vary in tempo to suit the mood and energy of the song.” In other words the recording is real. Rich, the highly talented guitarist for Sirsy says, “It seems ridiculous to remove tempo changes. Listen to ‘The Cost Of You’. It speeds up at the end. That gives it the intensity there.”
So “power” and “real” are the key words to describe the new recording and Sirsy itself. As Aftertaste Magazine said regarding Mel, “Bursting and belting out emotion and substance, she can be the queen of ‘in the groove’ rocking or be simple and delicate.” And get this, she also plays a full drum kit while standing up (she’s been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine), handles bass (played on a keyboard with her drumstick), and even throws in an occasional flute solo. Rich Libutti plays everything else, including seething guitar; bass (on a keyboard at his feet); and he is the anchor to Melanie’s on stage tornado. Just the two of them because, “We never found other musicians who understood”, according to Rich.
Sirsy plays over 200 shows a year, bringing their indie rock sound to the masses and are about to expand nationally.
“Coming Into Frame” will bring them beyond their east coast/mid-west comfort zone and into new territory including the south, and west coast. You will normally find them in the headline slot but they have also been special guests of such musical stalwarts as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Maroon5, Train, RaRaRiot, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind, Lifehouse, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, and many more.
For more information and tour dates, please visit their site.
SIRSY – “Coming Into Frame” Tour 2013
05/24/13 West Hollywood, CA The Viper Room at 8:00 PM
05/25/13 Tucson, AZ Plush at 9:00 PM
06/01/13 Lubbock, TX Bash Riprock’s at 10:30 PM
06/04/13 Santa Fe, NM Cowgirl Santa Fe at 8:00 PM
06/07/13 St. Louis, MO Plush
06/09/13 New York, NY The Bitter End at 9:30 PM
06/13/13 Auburn, NY Kosta’s Bar & Grill at 7:00 PM
06/14/13 Oswego, NY Old City Hall at 10:00 PM
06/15/13 Central Square, NY Jake’s Grub & Grog at 10:00 PM
06/19/13 Skaneateles, NY LakeHouse Pub at 7:00 PM
06/20/13 Oswego, NY Old City Hall at 10:00 PM
06/22/13 Brooklyn, NY Rocky Sullivan’s Red Hook at 9:00 PM
06/27/13 Syracuse, NY Coleman’s BLOCK PARTY at 7:00 PM
06/28/13 Claremont, NH New Socials Bar and Grill at 9:00 PM
06/29/13 Providence, RI Fete at 8:00 PM
07/04/13 Clifton Park, NY Clifton Park Stage at 5:00 PM
07/05/13 Philadelphia, PA The Legendary Dobbs at 7:00 PM
07/08/13 Cooperstown, NY The Smithy Center For The Arts at 8 PM
07/11/13 Auburn, NY Kosta’s Bar & Grill at 7:00 PM
07/12/13 Rochester, NY Lovin’ Cup at 9:00 PM
07/13/13 Utica, NY Tramontane Café at 8:30 PM
07/17/13 Skaneateles, NY LakeHouse Pub at 7:00 PM
07/19/13 Poughkeepsie, NY Pickwick Pub at 8:00 PM
07/20/13 Manchester, CT The Main Pub Music Club at 10:00 PM
07/21/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Gaffney’s at 8 PM
07/24/13 Scotia, NY Freedom Park at 7:00 PM
07/25/13 Averill Park, NY Uncle Marty’s Adirondack Grill at 6:00 PM
07/27/13 Oswego, NY Old City Hall at 10:00 PM
07/28/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Gaffney’s at 8 PM
08/03/13 Croydon, NH Page Farm at TBD
08/04/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Gaffney’s at 8 PM
08/08/13 Ballston Spa, NY Ballston Spa Concert in the Park at 6 PM
08/09/13 Corning, NY The Glory Hole at 10 PM
08/10/13 Syracuse, NY Coleman’s at 10:00 PM
08/11/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Gaffney’s at 8 PM
08/15/13 Utica, NY F. X. Matt Brewing Company at 6 PM
08/22/13 Everett, WA Music at the Marina at 6:30 PM
09/07/13 N. Greenbush, WA North Greenbush Town Hall at 11:00 AM
09/20/13 Averill Park, NY Uncle Marty’s Adirondack Grill
09/21/13 Syracuse, NY Shifty’s at 9 PM
09/27/13 Claremont, NH New Socials Bar and Grill at 9:00 PM
11/15/13 Claremont, NH New Socials Bar and Grill at 9:00 PM
12/14/13 Pittsfield, MA Flavours at 10:00 PM