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On disc: Coney Hatch

Four - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


(Frontiers Records - 2013)

Coney Hatch isn't a new band, even if many won't know them, there will be some music lovers who'll welcome their comeback after many, many years. Their self-titled debut was released in 1982, followed by Outta Hand (1983) and Friction (1985) and now they are back with Four. The Canadian hard rockers are back with the line-up of the debut incl. singer and guitarist Carl Dixon who was very seriously injured in a car crash in 2008 and in coma for awhile.

The opener Blown Away is a modern hard rock tune with great guitar play and a dash 80's feel. With Boys Club they offer a bluesy rocker, and again it's the guitar play of Steve Shelski and Carl Dixon which hooks you up right away, but the heavy bass of Andy Curran and the beat of Dave Ketchum delivers the perfect playground. The Torontonians merge different sounds into a nowadays rock sound without forgetting their past. A song like Down And Dirty pays tribute to AC/DC, but adds some late 80's hard rock to it. While Do It Again has some Beatles-que elements the song Connected is more AC/DC-like. Revive should be right up the alley of modern (alternative) rock fans... Songs like The Devil You Know will easily hook you up. The closer kicks off slowly, Holding On is the albums ballad, which might have been even stronger in a more reduced version... Anyway, Carl Dixon's emotional vocals will enchant you.

So just enjoy the new Coney Hatch album Four!

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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