The Blues Emergency is a renegade band of misfits channeling original music that is stylistically and sonically fitting for the ears of your mama and her misbehaving posse. Their sound is hard, cranked up, blues-rock infused with the elements of stoner-rock and psychedelia. Socially conscious lyrics, hard hitting guitar riffs, coupled with raspy vocals - the band packs a punch.
THE TORONTO BAND consists of Andy du rego (vocals), Emir Halilovic (guitar), John Anthony Brand (bass), & marshall baglieri (drums).
The Blues Emergency released their debut album, "The Machine", in 2017. The album showcases 8 original songs and one Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers cover tune, "Good Enough". The music that was recorded is not for the faint of heart. It contains tunes of epic proportions, with impressive guitar work, super tight rhythm section, powerful vocals and sharp political message. It was recorded the old-school way, live off-the-floor and without the use of a click track.
It all started as a bluesy jam TRIO making some noise at the rehearsal studios near Cherry beach, Toronto WITH MEMBERS JOHN BRAND, EMIR HALILOVIC & former drummer, MILAN Pejcic. Initially, the band had no singer but that didn’t stop them from playing music, exploring new sounds, improvising, and honing their craft.
wanting to elevate their game, the trio decided to put an ad out to recruit a singer and found vocalist andy du rego. The energy, vibe and connection during the first jam felt organic, genuine, and real. The blues emergency was born.
Soon after, the outfit started gigging, playing in & around the local Toronto scene, and finding a home at the legendary Silver Dollar Room. The band’s most notable appearance included opening for Toronto’s very own powerhouse, Philip Sayce. The band entered edadic studios to begin recording their debut album "The Machine".
AFTER recordING "THE MACHINE" The band ceased playing as a unit, EACH MEMBER PURSUING NEW ENDEAVOURS. Andy continued his solo recording project Black Suit Devil, while the trio of
John, Emir and Milan performed as instrumental power trio under JEM Konnection and as bandmates of another outfit, Royalty & De Kingsmen.
THOUGH Their debut album "the Machine" was not supported by any marketing or EXTENSIVE promo, IT GAINED FAST TRACTION IN 2022 WORLDWIDE ON YOUTUBE. The ALBUM made a mark overseas in Europe and garnered A CULT following. With some 50,000+ streams across various YouTube channels. a local radio station show out of Hamilton, No Hope No Fear 93.3 FM, invited the band for an interview in March 2022. The support from the fans and their demand for the music re-energized the band. WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW DRUMMER, The Blues Emergency is currently working on another album and is rehearsing for upcoming festival appearances.