Black Suit Devil
What: Folk Rock
Where: Hastings, ON
There is no mistaking Andy Du Rego, a.k.a. Black Suit Devil, for anybody else the moment you hear him on tunes like “Main St.” and “A Matter of Time.” Both musically and vocally, his latest album, A Matter of Time, sounds like a collision of Ray LaMontagne and Tom Waits. He brings the former’s serene, whispery vocal style and effortless melodies and the latter’s trademark raspiness and rollicking, haphazard instrumentation.
With his melodic and thought-provoking songwriting inspired by the folk, rock, blues, and soul greats, Black Suit Devil has toured all across Canada and played such festivals as Harvest Jazz & Blues, Living Roots Music Festival, TD Newmarket Music Festival, and Winterfolk XVII. A Matter of Time, Du Rego’s second LP as Black Suit Devil, was released November 2019 and earned positive reviews on Spill Magazine, Canadian Beats, and Great Dark Wonder and has reached the number one spot on CJSF’s top 30 albums of the week, as well as charting multiple weeks in the Top 10 folk/roots/blues categories on other independent radio stations on the !earshot charts. The heart and soul of the album lies within its subject matter, which touches upon environmental issues, politics, human rights, mental illness, to love and loss and so many things in between. With such an immediately-recognizable voice and strong songwriting, it’s easy to see Black Suit Devil turning more and more people into converts.