Monday, October 10, 2011

Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party

Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party take their name from the timeless tradition of friends and neighbors gathering together in the kitchen for an evening of laughter, drinks and music. Despite the casual atmosphere in which they create their songs, make no mistake; onstage, The Kitchen Party is tighter than a three-day drunk! The soul of this music comes from Freeman Dre's apartment in the heart of one of Toronto's most creatively fertile neighborhoods: Parkdale. It's a place where friends hang out in the kitchen most every night, where a raccoon recently tried to give birth in Dre's vinyl collection, where tales get spun, and where a lot of music gets made.

Winner of NOW magazine's reader's poll for best songwriter in 2010, Dre's writing style is based in realism. Characterized by highly original lyrics and his signature raspy singing voice, his songs frequently portray dark and seedy situations and characters, although he also has a penchant for more conventional ballads. From the story-telling of "Oak Tree" to the vagabond sentiments of "Let's Take The Show On The Road," to the bittersweet romance of "Saturday Night in Parkdale", Dre's songs paint vivid portraits of life in his community. 

If you listen to their selections on BandSoup, you might instantly write them off as a blues band; instead, Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party embody an eclectic mix of folk, blues, and rock that will knock your socks off. Their album, Red Door, Second Floor, released earlier this year is a testament to that statement. Over 12-tracks, Freeman Dre will hypnotize you with his throaty vocals and imagery and The Kitchen Party will surprise you with their dexterity and exuberant instrumentals.

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