Time Out New York calls The Happy Problem "a happy-go-lucky Hole." Born from the fighting energy of punk and the love of tuneful pop, and citing influences from Duran Duran to Gogol Bordello, the NYC alt pop band have just released their first full-length album, Head Case, with 11 melodic punk tunes. The songs have earned placements on ABC, CW, MTV and more and enthusiastic response from bloggers and podcasters alike, (including UK's DarkCompass.com) as well as airplay on tastemaker stations across the US including KROQ in Los Angeles.
The band was founded in LA by former folkie Samantha Shaber. After releasing albums and touring the US and UK for several years on her own, Shaber did a musical about-face and recruited players from Gnarls Barkley and The Fray to record an indiepunk EP under the contradictory band name, The Happy Problem. The songs quickly landed placements in film and TV, and Shaber packed up and relocated to her hometown NYC, where the full-length follow-up, Head Case, was recorded.
Shaber's booming, raspy voice can also be heard in the Weinstein release, BUTTER, starring Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner, on the song "Harder Deeper Faster" which she cowrote with dance-rock collective The Bashful.
Shaber was recently featured in a new Joey Ramone video "New York City" alongside fellow New Yorkers Reggie Watts, Andrew WK, Matt and Kim and more. The Happy Problem are currently at work on their next release, "From Birth to Death and All the Crap in Between," due out in early 2013.
"With chili red locks and captivating azure eyes, front woman Samantha "Sam" Shaber belts out a melodious mantra of punk harmonies and a sprinkle of angst." – Yahoo!
"The Happy Problem portray a quality reminiscent of early MTV– organic and unpolished." – Music Connection
"...the intensity and drive of punk, adding their own gritty and graceful elements..." – Deli Magazine
"These guys are the real deal, smart with enough snark to maintain indie status but with bottomless pop potential."