op a case of stage gear captivating the audience, old and new alike. Guitarists Stephan and Richie successfully performed their guitar switch move which is accomplished by flinging their instruments at each other mid song, while Dave Alcordo delivered thundering bass lines and their new drummer, recently stepping in for Rui Cimbron, pounded out the back beat like he’d been playing these songs for eternity.
SNOW was the theme of the day on this particular Saturday in Toronto. It started snowing Friday night and never actually let up. Facebook chatter questioned whether or not the Coney Hatch WEST show was going to be cancelled as the white stuff piled deeper and deeper, but around 4pm the decision was made that “the show must go on”.
|Quite possibly the coolest P Bass!|
Living less than 10 minutes away from the Rockpile West, I had no excuses so I made my way to the bar wondering just how many people would brave the blizzard, but Coney Hatch fans proved a hearty bunch. Rockpile owner Domenic pointed to the growing crowd in amazement, “now these are fans!”, he proclaimed.
Hitting the stage just past 11:30pm, the boys in Coney Hatch thanked everyone for braving the weather and promised us the $45.00 show for our efforts. Last time I saw Coney, they were knee deep in working on the new album Four and we were treated to a peek of a new song. Tonight, however, we were here for the official CD release party for that new album and the band belted out no less than FIVE new tracks!
Now, I will state here and now that Four is my pick for album of the year, I have been telling everyone how seamless this album fits into the “Coney” sound. It is refreshing to see a band like Coney Hatch moving forward as well as delivering the classics, unlike many of their peers who continuously rehash the same tired sets again and again.
At one point, Andy Curran pointed out that Steve (Shelski) and Dave (Ketchum) were sporting sunglasses on stage as they were nursing the hangovers left over from the Rockpile East performance the previous evening. That said, their performance was spot on and watching the fun that these guys have on stage is one of the reasons I love this band so much. They taunt and tease each other relentlessly and spend much of their set “smiling”, it’s almost as if they are truly enjoying themselves, almost like rock n roll is supposed to be fun or something. So until next time, “keep driving” and remember “banana splits are a definite plus”
Wallygator & The Meister (THE MEISTER on FACEBOOK)