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Black Suit Devil

Brantford, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF

Brantford, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Folk Soul




"Review: Black Suit Devil, “The Freedom Sessions”"

With his atmospheric, if somewhat raspy, vocal delivery, Du Rego is difficult to ignore. Add in some great lyrics and great musical arrangements (kudos to the soothing violin offered by Neil Cameron), and you are rewarded with nine tracks that hold your attention from the opening note to the closing call. Don’t just take my word for it – go ahead and immerse yourself into the slow melodic instrumentation that precedes the opening track “Blind Man.” - Great Dark Wonder

"The Freedom Sessions Album Review"

Album: The Freedom Sessions
Release Date: October 6, 2017
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Genre: Acoustic Soul

Hailing from the beaches of Toronto, Black Suit Devil has released his debut full-length record, The Freedom Sessions. The mainly solo acoustic act- made up of singer, guitarist, and songwriter Andy Du Rego- takes the wildly popular singer-songwriter genre and, over the course of nine tracks, adds a layer of depth and creativity that surpasses even the most renowned in the respective scene. Black Suit Devi demonstrates his ambitious nature with a highly creative and original album that will solidify him as one of Toronto’s most prolific songwriters.

The album opens with “Blind Man” along with the crisp sounds of an acoustic guitar gracefully and tastefully indulging in a series of licks that are both filthily bluesy and Latin-inspired. It is only a minute into this record that I realise that already this feels unprecedented in the singer-songwriter style. For lack of better phrasing, I am blown away, not only for the clean nature in which Du Rego plays the guitar but for the depth of songwriting apparent in how seamlessly he has incorporated so many styles into an overarching folky tone. “Blind Man” is further developed with the intense yet soft violin from Neil Cameron and the powerful backing harmonies- much in a style of Stevie Nicks- from Jules Cardoso (of Toronto’s The Road Heavy) who perfectly contrasts Du Rego’s gravelly vocals. Beyond the fact that Du Rego showcases an impressive range of hauntingly raspy whispers- like heard on “Shackles”- to bellowing belts- as heard on “Dreams”- he captures a raw and unapologetic sense of emotion and soul with every word he sings. This not only makes the music feel real, giving each lyrical narrative a sense of purpose and authenticity, but it gives The Freedom Sessions a live feeling, despite their polished studio finish; ultimately creating a greater sense of intimacy and excitement.

A number of the songs on The Freedom Sessions surpass the six-minute mark, yet there is not a single dull moment throughout the entire album. To put this in perspective, full bands often struggle to keep lengthier songs entertaining, and while Black Suit Devil collaborates with others to create a strong vibe with different textures, the heart, and strongest element, of his debut is his unique voice as a songwriter. “Bullet” is an excellent example of this as the song runs at a length of just under seven and a half minutes, yet the ragtime flair of the piano, the folky violin, and Du Rego’s vocals creates a strong contrasting series of elements that seem to fall into place with ease. I cannot praise Du Rego enough for his songwriting capabilities and the risks taken by taking an experimental approach to a genre that is often applauded for its simplicity.

Black Suit Devil’s The Freedom Sessions is an excellent debut and simply put, stands as one of the strongest full-length singer-songwriter records I have heard. While this is a comparison I rarely make, I can’t help but feel a connection between The Freedom Sessions and the solo acoustic performances of Chris Cornell; the raw expression of the soul, the unconventional and brilliant songwriting over a performance of powerful vocals and guitar puts Black Suit Devil in line with that era of the late artists career. The Freedom Sessions is, without a doubt, an incredible record by any standards and serves as the perfect debut for Black Suit Devil. - Gerrod Harris (Canadian Beats)

"Q&A with Black Suit Devil: Heavy Metal Inspiration Meets Folk Roots Songwriting"

Hey Andy,

First of all, let me say how much I enjoy your music. I downloaded your album and immediately fell in love with your sound and voice. There’s an earthy depth that leaves me wanting more. So thank you for creating such beauty.

I’ll be at Crow June 26th, and couldn’t be more excited to see you live. :)

So, as an introduction to Route 26, Crow, and the Grey Bruce Simcoe area, I have a few questions to help us get to know you a little better.


SC: What is the origin of your name; Black Suit Devil?

ADR: Black Suit Devil is a name that I came up with as a representation of the Corporate elite. The powers that control the world and continue to exploit it and humanity, strangle holding us all from becoming a unified peaceful world. My lyrical content touches a lot on injustice, inequality, and corporate greed.

SC: Who performs with you in Blind Man? Can you tell us a little about her and her background?

ADR: On Blind Man I have my friend Jules Cardoso formally of Canadian rock band The Road Heavy backing me up vocally. She is an amazing, talented singer/songwriter that has toured and opened for the likes of The Tea Party, Gilby Clarke, and The Headstones, among other great acts. I knew she would be a perfect fit for Blind Man with her power house vocals. Also performing on Blind Man I have Neil Cameron (Violin), John Brand (Piano), Wesley Collett-Taylor (Upright Bass), and Colin Riddoch (Drums).

SC: Where did you grow up?

ADR: I was born and grew up in the east end of Toronto in Leslieville. Lived there for the first five years of my life and spent a great deal of time afterwards due to a lot of family living in the area. Its always felt like home to me. Then spent a good portion of my life in the North York area of Toronto around Keele and Finch area. A Short stint in Richmond Hill only to relocate back to the East End.

SC: How and when did you get into music?

ADR: My very first musical memory that sparked my interest in music was in JR Kindergarten listening to a tape machine we had in our class. We had a Beach Boys album that my friends and I would put Kokomo on repeat. The melodies really sparked my curiosity.

Although it would take some time after that until I really got into music. 1994 to be exact. I had the day off school because I was sick and Woodstock 1994 was on.

I turned the TV on and witnessed Green Day performing in front of the craziest audience thinking this was the coolest thing ever. They definitely got me into listening to music, but shortly after I heard "The Shortest Straw " by Metallica off of And Justice For All. A cassette tape a neighbor had in his car one Saturday afternoon. That changed my life. I was 12 or 13 then.

Right then and there I wanted to play the guitar. I would pick up my brothers guitar when he wasn't home and jammed on some Green Day riffs then later a bunch of metal like Metallica , Black Sabbath, etc. By 14 I had formed my first band "Population Zero" comprised of original heavy metal tunes I had written.

SC: Who are a few of your favourite musicians/bands?

ADR: Hard to say as i'm into a lot of different styles of music and go through phases of listening to one or the other. As a folk singer songwriter I take influence from Musicians like Bob Dylan , Ray Lamontagne, Neil Young, John Fogerty, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, Chris Cornell.

But in my earlier metal days I drew from a lot of metal and punk like Metallica, Black Sabbath, Sepultura, and Megadeth.

SC: Can you describe your first live performance?

ADR: My first live performance, I was 14 in my band Population Zero. We performed at the Kathedral downstairs in the Old Big Bop building on Queen and Bathurst. its now a furniture store. I was surprisingly not nerves and instantly took the lead role of working the crowd. Felt really comfortable and loved every second of it.
SC: How has your music evolved since you first started playing?

ADR: Over the years my songwriting has definitely become more and more personal to my experiences in life , and things I feel strong about on a social level. [It] Also brought back from a heavy intense sound to a more of a natural roots approach allowing me to focus on dynamic between my playing , and singing. [I've] really found my inner voice with Black Suit Devil.

SC: Do you have any current projects on the go you’d care to share with us?

ADR: I am currently more than half way through recording my new record "A Matter Of Time" . I hope to have that out late this year or early next. I am also compiling a book of Poems I will release under the Black Suit Devil banner as an extension of my songwriting

SC: How can fans best access your music and information about Black Suit Devil?

ADR: The best way for fans to get info on everything Black Suit Devil is by logging on to or on Facebook. Also through streaming sites like iTunes, Apple music, and Spotify.


Thanks so much to Andy for letting us into his music world! Last chance to catch him at CROW Bar & Variety in Collingwood is Wednesday, June 27th. - Sari Connell (Route 26)


2015 - The Acoustic Soul Sessions E.P.
2017 - The Freedom Sessions



"...holy hell does this guy have soul in his voice.Sometimes you don't hear a song so much as you feel it...

We’ll be watching this fella’s career for sure." - ear to the ground music

“ Du Rego offers me instant comparisons to the folk-roots elements of the likes of early Fogerty, Springsteen and even Young.With his raw, emotional delivery and outpouring of his soul during “Fumble,” Du Rego demonstrates that he is worthy of being named in such good company”-Great Dark Wonder 2018

While the name Black Suit Devil would represent the corporate big wigs behind the worlds figurative curtains,Singer/Songwriter Andy Du Rego uses music as his medium to give voice to social injustice, current political affairs, and shed light on the states of humanity. 
Black Suit Devil's live performances whether solo or full band include Du Rego's raspy vocals, harmonica, and guitar stylings that fuse Folk, Roots, Soul & Blues and is often compared to Ray LaMontagne, Bryan Adams,& John Fogerty. 

Other members include Neil Cameron (Violin), Wesley Collett-Taylor (Upright Bass), & Costa Chatzis (Drums). 

Studio Albums "The Freedom Sessions" (2017) and the upcoming "A Matter of Time" feature a host of Canadian talent such as Indigenous Music Award Nominee Ansley Simpson, Heavyweights Brass Band Drummer Lowell Whitty, Multi-Instrumentalist Sarah Fazackerley and Guitarists Chris Staig & Nelson Sobral.

Since 2015, we have performed across Canada, being a part of the VIA Rail Artist on Board Program, a Guinness World Record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists, Festivals that include the Living Roots Music FestivalNookfestTD Newmarket Music Festival and have completed multiple Tours in support of our debut record "The Freedom Sessions"

Black Suit Devil has shared the stage with some of Canada's finest artists such as Jeff Martin (Tea Party)Spencer BurtonCarole Pope, and International artists The Boxer Rebellion & SIMO. Black Suit Devil's music can also be found on such radio stations as: 

CFBX-FM 92.5 FM (Top 30 Chart Rank) 

88.7 CFUR

97.9 CHSR

The Lost Indie City Radio Show
99.3 County FM
101.9 FM
88.7 Hunter’s Bay Radio

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