After 20 years, Coney Hatch is back with Four
In the early eighties, Coney Hatch released three albums, the first of which, Coney Hatch, was produced by Canadian rock legend, Kim Mitchell. These successes lead to a long string of gigs, as openers for such bands as, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Accept, Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick. The Toronto natives were referred to as the “Loudest band in Canada”.
In 1986, they went their separate ways.
In 2008, lead singer Carl Dixon was involved in an accident which left him wavering in and out of a comatose state. His wife never left his side, and he and his band mates grew closer as a result.
In August of 2010, Carl Dixon returned to the stage with his three original band mates, to a crowd of over 7,500 people. The show received such positive reviews that the band was invited to play Firefest, 2011, in the U.K.
Returning home to yet more rave reviews, and a brand new record deal, the boys began working again. Their first album in over 20 years Four, set to be released Sept. 24 in North America, is the end result of that work.
Now in August of this year, the band was once again on stage with David Wilcox and Loverboy at the Rock n’ Roar weekend event in Spanish, Ont.
Their classic use of 4/4 rock tempo is prominent throughout, specifically in the rock anthems “Blown Away,” and “Down and Dirty.” They are raw and powerful, but with just enough catch to win over a new audience. I can see these being the kind of songs you listen to while getting ready in the morning, a little jolt to the ears. Conversely, if you listen to a song like, “Boys Club,” it comes in at a different angle. It is a darker, more melodic tune, heavy on the wailing guitar and deep bass lines, and the lyrics are a haunting look at modern excess and materialism. It serves as a good contrast. “Connected,” comes in as a song which would be amazing if heard live. It’s very easy to picture a stadium full of people singing the anthem-like chorus together in unison, as they collectively embrace each other before being blown away by the thunderous guitar.
Though typically known as being phenomenal live performers, drummer Dave Ketchum said it best “(we were) always a better live act and I truly believe that if we get air play then people come out to the shows and hopefully either fall in love with the band all over again or for the first time.”
It’s only a matter of time until you’re blown away.