SIRSY is an American rock duo formed in Albany, NY in 2000. The group consists of Melanie Krahmer (vocals, drums, flute) and Rich Libutti (guitar, bass). During their live shows Krahmer also plays bass on a keyboard with her drumstick and Libutti plays bass pedals with his feet. Sirsy is notable for touring continuously throughout the United States, playing more than 200 shows per year nationally, and for background music for several television shows and independent films. Their relentless touring has gained them a cult following.
On March 23, 2010, Sirsy signed a record deal with Funzalo Records. In June 2010, Sirsy re-released their most recent album Revolution, which was remastered by legendary record producer Paul Kolderie.
On March 5, 2013, Sirsy released "Coming Into Frame" (Funzalo Records) which was produced by grammy-winners Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade.
Sirsy is famous for playing extensively up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest. Sirsy regularly plays in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Raleigh, NC, Greeneville, SC, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Manchester, VT, Manchester, CT, Providence and many other smaller cities and towns, especially in Upstate NY and New England.
Sirsy has headlined local festivals, including Albany's Tulip Fest and Lark Street's Lark Fest. They also participate in "Wildwoodstock," an annual charity event benefiting the Wildwood School in Schenectady, NY (not affiliated with the Los Angeles Wildwood School).
A typical Sirsy show consists mostly of their own original songs mixed with a few interpreted covers of artists such as The Beatles,Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, Johnny Cash, Eurythmics,Prince and Radiohead.
Sirsy has cult following due to their constant touring and has been referred to as "the hardest working band in Upstate NY."
The band have won several regional competitions, including Metroland "Best Of" lists and reader polls (2003-2004, 2006, 2009-2011) and Albany Times-Union reader polls (2010-2011).
Before their Funzalo Records deal, Sirsy was the only unsigned band in the United States to have appeared in Soundscan's Top 10.
In 2007, Sirsy placed fourth from over 1,000 entries in the "Last Band Standing", a national competition sponsored by mp3.com for a place in the 2007 Lollapalooza festival.
In addition to their own tours to smaller venues, the band has opened for many hit rock bands, including Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Maroon 5, Blues Traveler, Collective Soul, Cheap Trick, Vertical Horizon, Lifehouse, Undercover and Fuel.
Television appearances and films:
Sirsy has written theme music for and appeared in promotional spots for Time Warner Cable and the WB Network.
Current Sirsy members Melanie Krahmer and Richard Libutti are listed in the credits of award-winning independent film Dorian Blues as "Bar Band Singer" and "Bar Band," respectively. Former members Michael Steiner and Gregory Nash also are listed in the credits as "Bar Band."
Sirsy has appeared on numerous regional broadcast and cable television programs. In 2007, the band made its first national cable television appearance on the national cable network Your Music channel on the City Sessions series.
In January 2008, Sirsy made their first national television broadcast on Fearless Music. The program was shown in syndication on stations throughout the United States.
Sirsy appeared in the award-winning 2009 documentary So Right So Smart along with bands such as The Barenaked Ladies and Guster