Following the band's successful reunion show at Firefest
2011, Frontiers Records
has announced the signing of CONEY HATCH
to a a worldwide deal. The band's new studio album will be released in 2013. CONEY HATCH
was one of a gang of young Canadian, loud rock bands that sprang up around the turn of the '80s. Beginning in 1980 with a lineup that included founding members Andy Curran
(bass, vocals) and Dave Ketchum
(drums), CONEY HATCH
thundered across Canada, swapping the first few guitar players for Steve Shelski
(lead guitar) and Carl Dixon
(vocals & guitar) as they went. Anthem Records
signed the band in late November '81, and the following summer saw the first of three worldwide releases: "Coney Hatch"
in 1982, "Outa Hand"
in 1984 and "Friction"
in 1985. After many miles touring with the likes of JUDAS PRIEST
, IRON MAIDEN
, the band called it quits in 1986 never having reached a concert stage in Europe.
In April, 2008, Carl Dixon
was very seriously injured in a car accident in Australia while returning from a recording session. The other three original bandmembers came to his aid for a benefit show and on August 5, 2010 the original CONEY HATCH
lineup (including the now-recovered Carl Dixon
) played a reunion show in Toronto. It was the first performance from the original lineup since 1993. A further live date was scheduled for the Firefest
rock festival in Nottingham, England on October 23, 2011. It was at that point the guys and Frontiers Records
discussed working together for a fourth CONEY HATCH
album of all new material.
Photo credit: Marty Moffatt