Formed in Toronto during 1980, Coney Hatch was named after the infamous psychiatric hospital in Mussel Hill, a suburb of London, UK (spelt Colney Hatch) that basset Andy Curran’s parents lived near before emigrating to Canada. In 1981, an ad was placed in the Toronto Star, looking for a singer/guitarist to join a working band with management. Singer/guitarist Carl Dixon joined Andy, drummer Dave Ketchum, guitarist Steve Shelskim and on they went to release a Kim Mitchell-produced debut album in 1982, ‘Coney Hatch’ (certified Gold in Canada), that resounded through the rock world and launched the group’s career to rock fans around the world.
They toured with some of the biggest names in rock such as Peter Frampton, Ted Nugget, Edgar Winter, Cheap Trick, and a lengthy stints with opening for Judas Priest (27+ shows) and Iron Maiden (40+ shows). In 2014, the Hatch line-up changed, adding lead guitarist Sean Kelly (Lee Aaron, Nelly Furtado, Crash Kelly) to bring new life into those brilliant riffs. Coney Hatch toured with Steve Harris’s British Lion in November 2018, followed by a December appearance to rock Germany’s HEAT Festival, and in 2019, returned to Bully Les Mines in Grace and a year later, to the classic El Mocambo in Toronto. Their incredible live show was recorded and mixed for release titled ‘Postcard from Germany.’ The impending release on EXP1 Records includes two new studio tracks, “Heaven’s On The Other Side” and the single “It’s About A Girl.”