The Coals "A Happy Animal" Now Available!

The Coal's new album A Happy Animal is officially released in the US today.  The record is currently being played on LA"s KCSN programs, "Tangled Roots" and "Americana Matinee" and has made appearances on the Americana podcasts, Americana Music Show, Americana Rock Mix and is being played currently all over Europe. 

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"That's the understatement of the year. Yes, A Happy Animal, the new record from the LA-based country band The Coals, is only 22 minutes long, but the music is much better than "pleasant," (Ikon Magazine). It's inventive, catchy, genuine, and moving."--John Raabe, OffRamp-KPCC public radio

"SoCal’s The Coals have wonderfully weaved several aspects of American folk and roots music into a flavorful stew…Many newer bands are digging deep into their roots these days, and The Coals have managed to mine gold with the music they have created with their roots."--Music Morsels

"Whether it's considered a full-length or an EP, Jason Mandell, the band's producer, songwriter and musical mainstay doesn't scrimp when it comes to exercising his intentions. There's not a loser entry in the bunch, and in fact every track offers evidence that The Coals continue to do their influential forebears proud."--Lee Zimmerman, Country Standard Time

"It’s always nice to open up an album from an unknown band and to be, well, blown away by the music therein…there are only eight songs here clocking in at under a half hour but we can safely say that listening to A Happy Animal is a half hour you’ll not regret losing and indeed that many more will disappear under the mellifluous influence of The Coals…If we rated albums this would be a 10/10. The only quibble is its brevity as we could listen to this all night."--Paul Kerr, Blabber and Smoke

"There are literally thousands of bands in Southern California, so to be one cool enough to get some press is a major feat…And as someone who is writing this review from Nashville, where there are a zillion bands vying for attention as well, I must say I like these guys."--Dan Harr, Music News Nashville

"The best of the songs have that feel of being more than a jumble of words and music. The essence of truth shines through, giving that sense that real events, or almost real events, are being played out before the listener. That's the hallmark of a talented songwriter and it is there on "Redeem Me" and "Let me down Easy". At the same time this album contains songs that you could imagine hearing on the radio, and if you align yourself with Van (The Man) when he declaimed "turn it up, little higher,'s got soul" then, like myself, you'll think that is no bad thing."--Americana UK

"The nu generation of LA folk-rock is upon us.  While they admit a debt to Leonard Cohen, they aren’t beholden to him anymore than they are The Dillards or anyone else who was influential in folk/rock/singer/songwriter/Laurel Canyon spheres a few generations back.  Solid songwriting, a good attitude and a sincere vibe propel this to heights greater than the usual indie release should attain.  Solid stuff that genre fans will propel to higher places as well.  Check it out."--Midwest Record

"They may take the album title from a line in a Leonard Cohen poem, but frontman Jason Mandell is firmly indebted to Dylan for his delivery, most notably on the the dusty Greenwich Village feel of Hand To Hold, Let Me Down Easy and opening shuffle Redeem Me."--Net Rhythms UK

"Over the eight tracks they vary the mood and delivery in a way that leaves you wanting to hear more…This L.A. band have spirit and heart, and on the strength of this sound to be pretty happy animals. They have produced a set of songs that makes me a happy human animal too."--Lonesome Highway

"(Steal My Heart” )is yet another example of Mandell’s prolific songwriting and the band’s capabilities in general. The overall feel of the song and the earthy, rustic tones are ample evidence of why The Coals have garnered gigs opening for such other artists as Gillian Welch, Tim Easton and I See Hawks in LA."--The Examiner