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June 20, 2013

Sirsy to play at Smithy in July

Staff report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Indie Pop Rock duo, SIRSY known for their whirlwind live performances, will be playing in Cooperstown at 8 p.m. July 8 at the Smithy Center for the Arts on Pioneer Street.

The band is in the middle of a 200 date tour. Their new album, “Coming Into Frame,” brings the power and energy of singer/drummer Melanie Krahmer and guitarist Rich Libutti into the studio. The performers give credit to Grammy-winning producers Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade (Hole, Radiohead, Dresden Dolls, Pixies) for knowing just how to work with them in the studio, harnessing the tornado-like energy that comes across on stage, according to a media release. 

“Our fans have said that the energy of our live show hasn’t translated onto our previous recordings,” said the band the release. “They are going to notice a different energy level on this record because of how Paul and Sean worked with us.”

Known for singing and playing drums, while standing, and handling bass (on a keyboard, played with a drumstick), Krahmer is also known to throw in a flute solo. Her manic energy is grounded by Libutti’s solid, yet seething, guitar playing.

Libutti also performs bass with a keyboard at his feet. Together, they create a dynamically full sound that resonates like a five piece band. Mel is endorsed by Vater Percussion and has been featured in Modern Drummer Magazine.

Normally headliners, SIRSY has shared the stage with and appeared as special guests of artists such as Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Maroon 5, Train, RaRaRiot, Boys Like Girls, Third Eye Blind, Lifehouse, Blues Traveler and Cheap Trick.

SIRSY’s latest single “Cannonball,” has been played on nearly 200 stations this spring, and the duo is mounting a nationwide tour in support of the album. The band is stepping out of its east coast/mid-west comfort zone and will be performing in the south and on the west coast for this tour. For more information and tour dates,  visit