Written while living near The Beaches in Toronto, The Freedom Sessions is an honest portrait into the mind of Toronto born Musician Andy Du Rego. With guitar in hand he delivers raspy vocals backed by beautiful haunting melodies with socially conscious lyricism that promotes awareness, unity, and peace.
Black Suit Devil’s debut brings together some of Toronto’s finest Musicians to help expand its sound.
Neil Cameron, a classically trained violinist, has been a part of BSD’s live shows for over two years lending his East Coast style to songs like “Carry On” & the second album single “Dreams”, a song meant to inspire hope in those young and old to reach for their dreams despite any obstacle or opposition. Wesley Collet Taylor on upright bass infuses the record with an element of jazz, as heard on the track “Bullets”, a tribute to the world’s great leaders in the peace through non-violence movements. John Brand, a multi-instrumentalist lending his Piano chops and Colin Riddoch, a young up-and-coming jazz drummer, both add their unique flair throughout The Freedom Sessions.
Featured on the album’s first single “Fumble”, written about the struggle to keep up in day-to-day life and cope with worldwide injustice, is veteran singer/songwriter Chris Staig who adds a southern country twang with his slide guitar and Ansley Simpson an accomplished Anishinaabe Artist whose voice adds a sense of comfort to the dark undertones of the song.
“Blind Man”, with its mystic tribal desert dance feel, is the lead off track featuring The Road Heavy’s Jules Cardoso’s fierce powerhouse vocals. Bringing an Eastern vibe to the album’s “Shackled” & “The Machine” is Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s Razak Pirani. Talented flautist Ross Pearson whose spontaneously intricate pieces were all recorded in a single-take, adds colour on songs such as “Devils & Dollar Signs”, “Shackled”,& “Stardust” (which was featured on CBC Searchlight).
The album was recorded and engineered by Anthony Sestito at Edadic Music. With his dedication and attention to detail he helped to capture Andy’s vision for the album and bring it to life.
The Freedom Sessions was specially mastered for Vinyl and CD by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering, who has mastered albums for artists such as The Sheepdogs, Matt Mays, Wintersleep, Broken Social Scene, Billy Talent.
released October 6, 2017
All songs and lyrics written by : Andy Du Rego
2017 Black Suit Devil Music (Socan)
2017 Crazy Catman Records
*Except “ The Machine “ - Lyrics by Andy Du Rego
Music by: The Blues Emergency
(Restructured by: Andy Du Rego)
All songs Produced by : Andy Du Rego
Engineered and Mixed : Anthony Sestito
Vinyl Mastered By :
Recorded at : Edadic Music
Andy Du Rego - Acoustic Guitar , Vocals , Tambourine (7) , Shakers (7)
Neil Cameron - Violin (1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9)
Wesley Collett Taylor - Upright Bass (1,2,4,5,7,8,9)
John Brand - Piano (1,2,4,5,7,8,9)
Colin Riddoch - Drums (1,2,4,5)
Razak Pirani - Tablas (7,9)
Ross Pearson - Flute (6,7,8)
Chris Staig - Slide Guitar (2)
Ansley Simpson - Vocals (2)
Jules Cardoso - Vocals (1)
Anthony Sestito - Drum Programming (9) , Church Bell (9)