Frontiers Records will release "Four", the reunion album from Canadian rockers CONEY HATCH, on September 24 in North America and September 27 in Europe.
Once dubbed "the loudest band in Toronto," CONEY HATCH is back with its first record of new material in over two decades. "Four" is chock-full of the unique brand of melodic riff-rock that first brought the band to the attention of critics and rock fans all over the world.
Formed back in the early '80s in Toronto Canada, original members Andy Curran, Carl Dixon, Dave Ketchum and Steve Shelski released three records on Anthem Records in Canada and Polygram for the rest of the world. The band toured relentlessly and played support slots on tour with the likes of JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, ACCEPT, TED NUGENT and CHEAP TRICK, to name a few. After three releases and many miles of success and rocky road under their belts, the four band members went their separate ways in 1986.
The story of this reunion is an amazing journey that only fate could be responsible for. Late one night, on his way home from a recording session in Australia, a weary Carl Dixon had a near fatal head-on car collision that left him clinging to life. While Carl was still in an induced coma, his wife reached out to the other members of CONEY HATCH and asked them to offer words of encouragement over to the phone to Carl. She held the phone to his ear as he lay unconscious in his bed. "I told him to get better quick," says bassist/vocalist Andy Curran. "I said we had a lot more rockin' to do with CONEY HATCH. I really didn't think we'd play together again but it just came out of my mouth… and Carl remembered it!"
After many operations, Band-Aids, stitches, titanium rods, doctors, nurses, medicine and sheer gut-determination Carl Dixon returned to the stage with his three original bandmates in August of 2010 in Hamilton Ontario in front of 7,500 hungry HATCH fans. News of that show travelled fast and the original CONEY HATCH was soon invited to play Firefest 2011 for their first time ever in the U.K.! The rave reviews flooded in after that sweaty night in Nottingham and the band returned to their homeland to find a record deal offer waiting for an all new CONEY HATCH record.
After much discussion and soul-searching, the band decided to grab the opportunity from Frontiers to work together again. They enlisted the help of long time friend and Juno Award-winning engineer Vic Florencia (Danko Jones, Nelly Furtado, Hillary Duff, Marc Jordan, Olivia Newton-John etc) to capture the new recordings.
"All of us are thrilled to have recorded a fourth CONEY HATCH record," says Curran. "We never thought it would happen but the stars aligned and hell froze over! The new material feels like it could have been the record after 'Outa Hand' before 'Friction'... Its raw and not too overproduced, but still has that vintage HATCH sound. Sonically, we did a '2013 L.A. botox face lift' job and it sounds pretty fresh. The recording process was extremely challenging as the four of us all live separate lives in four different towns...it was honestly like herding cats, but eventually we got them all in the same bag! We're very happy with the final outcome."
"Four" track listing:
01. Blown Away
02. Boys Club
03. Down & Dirty
04. Do It Again
07. We Want More
08. Devil U Know
10. Keep Drivin'
11. Holdin' On
Songs from "Four" can be sampled below.
CONEY HATCH is:
Carl Dixon (lead vocal, guitar)
Andy Curran (vocals, bass)
Steve Shelski (lead guitar)
Dave Ketchum (drums)