Sirsy

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Sirsy
Sirsy Gramercy Theatre 2013.jpg
Sirsy at the Gramercy Theatre 2013
Background information
Origin Albany, New York, USA
Genres Rock, pop, indie
Years active 2000–present
Labels sirsymusic
Funzalo Records
Website sirsy.com
Members Melanie Krahmer
Richard Libutti

SIRSY is an American rock duo formed in Albany, NY in 2000.[1] 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.[2] Sirsy is notable for touring continuously throughout the United States, playing more than 200 shows per year nationally,[3] 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.[4] In June 2010, Sirsy re-released their most recent album Revolution, which was remastered by legendary record producer Paul Kolderie.[5]

On March 5, 2013, Sirsy released "Coming Into Frame" (Funzalo Records) which was produced by grammy-winners Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade.[6]

Ongoing tours[edit]

Sirsy is famous for playing extensively up and down the East Coast and into the Midwest.[7] 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.[8]

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[9] (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,[10] Counting Crows, Natalie Merchant, Johnny Cash, Eurythmics,[11] 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."[citation needed]

Competitions[edit]

The band have won several regional competitions, including Metroland "Best Of" lists and reader polls (2003-2004, 2006, 2009-2011)[12][13][14][15][16][17] and Albany Times-Union reader polls (2010-2011).[18][19]

Before their Funzalo Records deal, Sirsy was the only unsigned band in the United States to have appeared in Soundscan's Top 10.[20]

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.[21]

Opening band[edit]

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.[22][23]

Television appearances and films[edit]

Sirsy has written theme music for and appeared in promotional spots for Time Warner Cable and the WB Network.[citation needed]

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."[24]

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.[25]

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.[26]

Sirsy appeared in the award-winning 2009 documentary So Right So Smart along with bands such as The Barenaked Ladies and Guster[27]

Discography[edit]

They have released several full-length singles and albums, as well as a DVD collection.

  • Some Kind Of Winter was a members' feature on the WomanRock.com web site.[28]
  • Revolution was used in 2007 on the Green Arrow radio podcast network.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerriann Curtis, "Wordkrapht"
  2. ^ Modern Drummer Blog
  3. ^ Mike English, "Local IQ", Albuquerque NM
  4. ^ Guzzo, Mike (15 April 2010). "SIRSY signed a record deal with Funzalo Records". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Keyser, Tom (10 June 2010). "Big deal for Sirsy — and celebration concert at Revolution Hall". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Dmitry M. Epstein, "DME Let It Rock"
  7. ^ Keyser, Tom. "Sirsy, Erin Harkes team for Revolution Hall show". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Sirsy Tour page Accessed 31 May 2012.
  9. ^ Eight acts rock to raise funds for Wildwood School Accessed 31 May 2012.
  10. ^ Live: LarkFEST Part I Accessed 31 May 2012
  11. ^ "This Week in New York". 15 June 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Best of the Capital Region 2003". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Best of the Capital Region 2004". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Best of the Capital Region 2006". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Best of the Capital Region 2009". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Best of the Capital Region 2010". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Best of the Capital Region 2011". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2010". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  19. ^ "Best of 2011". Albany Times-Union. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  20. ^ Ketzer, Bill. "This Is Our Day Job". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  21. ^ Brodeur, John. "Rough Mix". Metroland. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Novak, Jessica (2 May 2012). "No Mercy from Sirsy". Syracuse New Times. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  23. ^ Salvo, Monica. "Sirsy brings undeniable talent to Burlington". The Pendulum. Retrieved 10 January 2008. 
  24. ^ Dorian Blues (Independent film). USA: Day Dreamer Films. 12 March 2004. 
  25. ^ City Sessions TV web site. Accessed January 11, 2008.
  26. ^ Fearless Tv web site. Accessed January 10, 2008.
  27. ^ Sirsy Performs on Film with Bare Naked Ladies and Guster. Accessed January 30, 2013.
  28. ^ Sirsy page at WomanRock.com
  29. ^ Review of Revolution at Green Arrow radio podcast network

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