The Freedom Sessions

by Black Suit Devil

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    Written while living near The Beaches in Toronto, The Freedom Sessions is an honest portrait into the mind of this seasoned Toronto born Musician. 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.

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1.
Blind Man 07:34
Blind Man Behind closed doors The deals are made They play with our lives Like it’s all just a game And when they want When they crave They can take it all away When man plays God Nothing stands in his way He takes what he wants It’s the power he craves One by one Surrender and obey Or be branded enemy Until one power Controls everything You’re entrapped You’re enslaved Blind Man Open your eyes Blind man They stole your life Blind man Stand up and fight Blind Man We’re running out of time There goes the blind man He’s at it again Punching the clock And waiting for death Climbing up mountains Fighting for a spot on the hill Look at the blind man Out in the mud Killing his brother Killing his son Killing just to help them Build up these walls I get so tired Of seeing All this wrong I get so tired Of living in this world Tell me father Tell me Where’s the love?
2.
Fumble 05:27
Fumble Roll me a joint And pop a bottle I worry about today Because it leads to tomorrow Life’s long road The miles The dead ends I’ve found some peace In good times With good friends All these Lies We’re made to swallow All these rules We break We follow Time moves on You blink You Fumble My buzz kicks in I fly Away We’re living in dreams Creating nightmares Possessions we seek The chains that bound them Blinded minds Tortured souls The rich die rich The poor die poor All these lies We chase but what for? All these truths We choose to ignore Hear their cries We blinked We fumbled In time they’ll win We’ll fade away Roll me a joint And pop a bottle
3.
Dreams 04:55
Dreams Boy don’t give up on those dreams Misery loves company They’ll tear you down They’ll tear you down Your mind is your worst enemy Impossible is the wall You’ve convinced yourself is real Standing so tall Casting a shadow of fear On your heart Boy quit wasting your time You only live once So make the best of this life Reach in your soul And set it free to live on Because life is a gift So precious and true We all take for granted When we’re young We’re like fools But time it moves on Time is a bitch Time is the taxman You can’t run from it Son don’t let your fears do you in You must find your voice deep within And dream on Boy you’re never to old You’re only as young As your heart As your soul Sing those words true And the doors will open for you Because it’s better to have failed Knowing you gave it all Than to live with the weight Of regret like a stone So heavy and big It crushes you thin And tears out your heart Like your first lover did Son don’t let your fears do you in You must find your voice deep within And dream on
4.
Carry On 06:53
Carry On Long walks through city streets Midnight wine on Toronto’s beach What a pretty face The cutest toes I’ve seen Concert halls and midnight brawls Pizza slices hurled at walls Man those kittie cats They do the darnedest things Piggyback ride Down to the square Laughing we were on our way Out to find those hippies with golden rings Walked through hell Hand in hand Heaven must be called Marseille Left some songs for Jim Before we walked away Singing I love you baby A love so pure and true You’re always on my mind I love you baby One heart shared for two Forever until the end of time Just promise me when I’m gone You will keep me in your heart But please carry on Don’t you cry for me When I’m dead and gone Just play my music At my final curtain call Spread my ashes Out towards the setting sun And carry on Please Carry on Find someone to love Road trips down to N.Y.C. Midnight riding through Catskill trees Felt like ’69 via 2014 We’ll travel this world near and far Home is always where you are May our gypsy souls Run forever free
5.
Bullets 07:22
Bullets Hey there Martin They called you king You saw passed the black and white And into the hearts of the common man You built your armies with no guns And stood up to Uncle Sam Moved mountains with those words you sang Walking that fine line For freedom Opening the minds Of the blind Facing an evil Much bigger than the walls They use to cast the shadows That keep us in the dark We run around in circles Lost and torn apart All of my heroes Are gone All of my heroes Took a bullet in the name of love All of my heroes Are gone We thank you for your courage For seeing through the lies Our hearts will be your final Resting place until the day that we die Gandhi he was a rich man Who gave up everything To stand ground for the poor man He built his armies with no guns And stood up to the oppressor’s stance And moved mountains with those words he sang He walked that fine line For freedom Opening the minds Of the blind Facing an evil Much bigger than the walls They use to cast the shadows That keep us in the dark We run around in circles Lost and torn apart All of my heroes Are gone All of my heroes Took a bullet in the name of love All of my heroes Are gone We thank you for your courage For seeing through the lies Our hearts will be your final Resting place until the day that we die They Fear the man Who keeps love in his heart And the will to seek the truth They fear the man Whose words are more powerful than any gun They fear the man who shines A light on to the dark Leading us to freedom Because together we are strong
6.
Devil & Dollar Signs Marching in a straight line A weight of fear fills their hearts The desert sun shining on them They think about their lives back home And the years that have passed them on Wondering why they’re even fighting. They hear that old familiar sound Like thunder from above They turn around and run for cover A hopeless stare in a brother’s eye As he struggles to hold on His baby’s smile is all he ponders Mother lies awake as she stares at the walls Father says soon you’ll see him Little does he know that his son is almost gone He’s twenty three and barely breathing. Smoke and mirrors Sell those stories that you forged Enemies Fairy tales Rivers of gold Green colours bleed through Red white and blue Those stars shine But only for the few The damage we do It’s time to face the truth And say Goodbye to all wars And all the grieving Say goodbye to all those Devils & Dollar signs Hello my mother Wipe those tears from your eyes And tell a father His boy’s alive Marching down Main Street With their signs held to the skies The city sun shining on them They think about their young ones And a time that will pass them by Worried for their survival They see the earth dying right before their eyes The reaper bears a suit and tie Incorporating all that’s keeping us alive Force every man to pay the price Smoke and mirrors Sell those stories that you forged Hazy skies Blackened waters Poison soils Green colours bleed through Red white and blue Those stars shine But only for the few The damage we do It’s time to face the truth And say goodbye to all the greed And all pollution Say goodbye to all those devils and dollar signs Hello Mother Earth Are you feeling alright And give our young ones A chance at life Give our young ones A chance at life
7.
Shackled 04:42
Shackled Reaching for the stars Shackled at my feet Hoping that someone Would come rescue me They say pray to your God I’m left bleeding at the knees Holding out my hand For something to eat I can see them smiling Back at me I can hear them laughing As they deceive I can see them smiling Back at me From behind those dollar signs If only man weren’t so blind War in the schools War in the streets War is the fruit They force us to eat War on T.V. War on silver screens War is in our minds War is make-believe
8.
Stardust 04:31
Stardust * Don’t you cry Wipe those tears Tomorrow will be better I promise you dear It was my time It was our fate From stardust to flesh and back We’re reborn again And in due time I’ll see you again Although I’ll look different The heart that’s inside Will love you the same My friend You are built strong Stronger than most I’m thankful I had The one last chance To hear the sound of your voice Calling me back home The love in you so strong And if there ever comes a time Where you forget that sound Just put an ear to those trees And listen for the breeze That’s life Leading you to me We are stardust Through the ripples of time In search of meaning For a heart that keeps beating Way past it’s own life From time to time The planets do align Stars shining glimmers Of light on the face Of true beauty The treasures of life No matter how short the time Or unfair as it may seem Be strong And always believe That Life Will again Lead you to me
9.
The Machine 07:11
The Machine Born into it We are cast as the shepherd or sheep Learn their game quick Or be forced to defend on your knees Climbing mountains as they lie to blind and deceive Watch the gears turn Grinding years off your life as it’s grease Open your mind So that your eyes can see We’re all slaves trapped inside Their machine Buried in debt upon debt ‘Till we can’t even breath A nation oppressed by a Ponzi Monetary Scheme The victor’s all smiles As the pawns are all left there to bleed Shackled by life’s illusion The American dream They hold us down So that they could live free We’re all slaves trapped inside Their Machine We spend all of our lives Chasing the lies That they feed us From the day we are born Our minds they take hold To deceive us We’re all prisoners of war They make enemies of us all To tear down Our hearts Our souls We must learn to break free From a life filled with greed And embrace All humanity And love Every living thing Because we’re all one We’re the same A world so beautiful So precious to me Will these fools ever see

about

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.

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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



Musicians :

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)



Artwork :

Album Layout - Heart Wolven

Cover Painting - Harold Plienegger

Cover Font - Barry Lavender

BSD Logo Concept - Andy Du Rego

BSD Logo Design - Jason Companion

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