Your crusty chronicler is an individual who does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for support for their new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. So, with the spirit of unity in mind, your rockin’ reviewer presents this series—“Track by Track” in which we review certain select CDs literally “track by track”.
This edition of the series we (ahem) examine A Happy Animal by The Coals. The Coals is a band that takes its name from “one of the oldest bars in Los Angeles”. The band was founded by singer-songwriter Jason Manella (lead vocals and guitar) who fresh off of his rejection from the Peace Corps as well as a failed “songwriting deal with Chrysalis” thought he “might as well start a band.”
He added: “Although it would have been a good time to give up altogether, I wanted to keep writing songs.” So he gathered a group of musicians he liked and The Coals was soon born. The current roster includes: Darice Bailey (piano, organ, glock and vocals), Peter Hastings (upright bass and vocals), ex-Everclear artist Greg Eklund (drums), Andy Tabb (guitar and vocals) and Jack Arky (accordion and vocals).
(Read through the list to learn more about this release.)