Melanie is master of multi-talents, serving as the lead vocals, drummer, and flute player. Rich lays down some serious guitar riffs and chords at various angles. Together they are a super sweet saucy special of indie with pop melodies. Sirsy is currently touring The U.S. by fan donations and support.
Their new album Coming Into Frame is released alongside their first music video, featured regularly on MTVU.
Although full of kick-assry, Rich & Mel have a mellowness about them that ties in well with their passion to play and produce music. They are extremely thankful to have the opportunity to do what they love and welcome fans with open arms.
What's the meaning behind the name Sirsy?
Mel: My sister called me sirsy instead of sissy. It's my nickname and I figured it would be a cool band name.
How long have you been performing?
Rich: The very first day of 9th grade, the guy behind me in homeroom said that he played guitar and that I should play bass so we could get girls. Never had lessons but got experiences through playing with other people. Switched to guitar when I played with Mel since 2005.
Mel: My first instrument was vocals, singing basically since I could talk. I used piano as a song writing tool. I wanted to play saxophone because I saw Snoopy playing it and he wore sunglasses. I figured that it must be a cool instrument since everyone who wore sunglasses was cool. Mom said that the sax was $600 and the flute was $200. I also enjoyed being apart of a marching band.
How did Sirsy come about and did you have a specific goal in mind?
Mel: We goofed around with other bands and Rich had the idea to write songs (“Hurricane" off their first album). Didn't have a specific goal but luckily we clicked and went from there.
Many have dubbed you guys as a 'saucy-funk' band. Agreeable?
Mel: Yes, depending on the crowd, but we do have quite a few somber to saucy. Live shows, in general, is pretty energetic. Our goal is for people to let go and enjoy the show.
Had a great connection to “Brave & Kind" off your latest album, Coming Into Frame. Would you mind explaining the inspiration behind this track?
Mel: I don't want listeners to feel it from my point of view. I want you to hear a song that we've written and apply it to something that is relevant for you. After we played that song at a show in PA, a lady came up to us and said that it made her feel like everything is going to be okay after losing her job.
Rich: Still amazed everyday that my job is making music and performing and something I thought I would never achieve. As the saying goes, if you do what you love you never work a day in your life.
Mel: Seeing other people singing along to songs that we've written. Creating a piece of art that reacts with other people.
Ear-catching from the very first note, Coming Into Frame has textures of sauce and somber; full of surprises for all ages. Mel's vocals and Rich's guitar riffs are well harmonized and applauded for 100% originality. Not to mention the flow of the drum rhythms! The album depicts some of life's questions lyrically in a variety of musical styles, again reinforcing this an all audience artist.
Cannonball is full on funk attitude. Lionheart: A blast of bluesy rockabilly w/an A+ tempo. Picture Basic rock blend and beginning of 1990's alternative reminisces (album's core). Brave And Kind: Lyrically heart-wrenching with a semi-upbeat tempo equaling a smooth equilibrium. Killer: Stressful riffs accenting the darker theme; yet, optimistic. Red Letter Days: An upbeat filler to the album with variation in guitar melodies. Gold: A sweet serenade of guitar tranquility and tear-jerking lyrics. Lot Of Love: Repetitive positive vibes, sure to be a family favorite! She's Coming Apart: Rounding back to full-force rocky rhythms. The Cost Of You: A unique tale of strings and elongated vocals – a superb surprise ending.