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Coney Hatch - 2013 Four

ARTIST: Coney Hatch
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Frontiers Music Portal


LINEUP: Carl Dixon - vocals, guitar * Steve Shelski - guitars * Andy Curran - vocals, bass * Dave Ketchum - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blown Away * 02 Boys Club * 03 Down & Dirty * 04 Do It Again * 05 Connected * 06 Revive * 07 We Want More * 08 The Devil U Know * 09 Marseilles * 10 Keep Driving * 11 Holding On



Without doubt I've been spoiled by the recent Houston 'II' album. However, it would've been a hard ask to expect the same from comeback Canadians Coney Hatch, and their reunion CD for Frontiers called 'Four'. It's true the Italian label has done some incredibly good things with their signings of late, notwithstanding the justified opinions about how they put their projects together. Not that Coney Hatch can be accused of being a 'project' themselves', as they shoulda coulda woulda been huge in another era, but that time has passed. The material on 'Four' is a mixture of modern, fresh and tough. Not exactly terms used to describe the band in previous years. That would be unfair, considering the quartet of Dixon, Shelski, Curran and Ketchum were hugely popular back in the 80's, but 'Four' is not the 1982 self titled album nor the 1985 'Friction' album revisited. Far from it. So with that comparison cleared up for everyone, let's take a listen.

The Songs
Hatch have diverted to a solid and gritty sound, which obviously works for them in 2013. Steve Shelski stated in their bio that they wanted to let the creativity flow, which they've obviously done. The coarseness of the material haven't had the rough edges chipped off. They've been left on for maximum impact. Some will like it, others will have their heckles raised. The melodies use vocals to widen the sound. No keyboards have been used on this album, so as you can expect, this has the taste and feel of 'organic' applied to it. 'Blown Away' is the band's first single, from there you'll get an idea as to which direction they're heading. Refer the video below. 'Down And Dirty' is as the title suggests. A good medium to fast paced party rocker. 'Do It Again' uses the modern rock template to squeeze out its contents. For mine, 'Connected' is the best track onboard, the style applied can be traced back to their 80's origins, though the chorus is a bit boof-head to be honest. 'Revive' is a milder effort, and one that is quite appealing too. 'We Want More' turns the dial up a few notches, a bit rough around the edges. This seems to be the norm for those tracks that Andy Curran sings on. I remember his band Drugplan, and it wasn't a pleasant experience. I think I prefer Dixon's vocals more (this has been an ongoing Hatch debate for decades.. lol!). And just as I say that, Curran delivers the ace in the hole with a cover of The Angels classic 'Marseilles', a fun romp, which sounds like an AC/DC song in disguise, and also an album highlight. The velocity is retained on 'Keep Driving', with the acoustic ballad 'Holding On' bringing the 2013 edition of Coney Hatch to a close.

In Summary
'Four' is not quite the comeback I was hoping for, and sort of disappointed me in the same way that 2007's Loverboy did. Still, this quartet have been out of action for far too long, and it's good to see them back. Gosh, it was only a few years ago I was writing about Carl Dixon's very bad car crash in rural Victoria Australia in which he nearly lost his life. Thank god for small mercies, and thank god Coney Hatch are back.

Coney Hatch - 2013 Blown Away

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#1 | Nick C on September 27 2013 20:26:40
Played this a few times today and I like it - I think it harks back more to their first album but a little bit more straight ahead as it Monkey Bars on here.
#2 | jeffrey343 on November 14 2013 21:26:18
To me, there's more than one song that reminds me of AC/DC. I can hear Bon Scott or Brian Johnson singing many of these tunes quite nicely. It took me a few more spins than expected to get into this, as I rather enjoyed the more AOR sound of their first three albums. But this is pretty good. I don't see it cracking my top ten for what is turning out to be a good year, but I'll bring this out occasionally.
#3 | TheMurf on November 23 2013 18:13:35
No mention that the fun romp that is "Marseilles" is a cover of The Angels' (we knew them in North America as Angel City) song that appeared on a 1980 North American release called "Face To Face". Excellent cover and choice by Coney Hatch to cover that great Australian band.
#4 | gdazegod on November 24 2013 00:49:43
Thanks Murf. Made a correction.
#5 | Jez on February 02 2016 13:25:41
First album in nearly 30 years from one of Canada's finest. Straight forward hard rock, with more than a musical slant at their masterful debut
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