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CD CONEY HATCH FOUR CD REVIEW

CONEY HATCH

FOUR

2013

 

 

A NAME FROM THE PAST

 

 

Coney Hatch was one of those bands that seemed to be hogging the Rock press when I was a pre-teen in the UK, and though in those days it sometimes took an age to actually hear a band like that- no Rock Radio in the UK in the early eighties and certainly no internet, the name always stuck. Sadly it was only after they split after three albums in 1986 that I finally got to hear them.

 

Mis-named, probably intentionally, after an English lunatic Asylum Colney Hatch and a rabbit (Coney means rabbit is many European dialects and is where Coney Island got its name) it just stuck in your memory. When I did get to eventually hear the eponymous debut from 1982 they were actually pretty good.

 

When you drop the needle on ‘Four’ (sadly you have to imagine that bit) out on 27th September in America (24th in Europe) it’s like not time has passed at all. One of the most interesting aspects of the reformation has to be the way it came about – it really is the stuff of movie scripts. Involving Vocalist/Guitarist Carl Dixon involved in a head on collision, laying in a hospital bed in a coma and his former band members talking to him down the phone from the other side of the world.  When he awakes he remembers the conversation and the rest is the next chapter of the band’s history.

 

As albums go this is good solid Hard Rock that sounds just like it did the first time round which should really please fans and appeal to those who love melodic riff-based rock. “Blown Away” the opening track and single is pretty representative so if you like that you’ll like the album which can be legally streamed on Spotify and Deezer. We suggest also checking out tracks like “Connected” (our favourite here); the cover of The Angels’ “Marseille” and the bluesier “The Devil You Know”.

 

Welcome back.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD CONEY HATCH FOUR CD REVIEW