Coney Hatch Return With First Single/Video Off New Album ‘Four’

Coney Hatch Return With First Single/Video Off New Album ‘Four’

August 27, 2013

Coney Hatch have returned with a video for the song “Blown Away”, the first single taken from the reunited Canadian band’s new abum ‘Four’. The single can be downloaded from every fine shop such as iTunes and Amazon and streamed legally via Spotify and Deezer.

‘Four’ will be released on September 24th in North America and September 27th in Europe through Frontiers Records and marks the first record of new material in over two decades. ‘Four’ is chalked 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 albums on Anthem Records in Canada and Polygram for the rest of the world. The band toured relentlessly and played support slots 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 roads 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!”

Be careful what you wish for! 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 traveled fast and the original Coney Hatch was soon invited to play Firefest 2011 for their first time ever in the UK. 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 to capture the new recordings.

Based on the crazy journey that plucked the band out of the bars (the ‘Monkey Bars’) in the early ’80s into the hands of Max Webster kingpin Kim Mitchell and then onto Max Norman for 1983’s ‘Outa Hand’ and 1985’s ‘Friction’, no one was more surprised than the members of Coney Hatch to be back in studio with their patched up Steve Austin-ish lead vocalist/guitarist Carl Dixon in 2013.

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