The happy problem have found themselves at the heart of a new rock scene in New York City with the release of their first full-length album, Head Case. Born from the fighting energy of punk and the love of tuneful pop, and citing influences from Duran Duran to Gogol Bordello, Head Case features 11 melodic punk tunes, including the first single, "Matador," written with impatience about the drunk hipsters crowding the F train on the Lower East Side. There's been 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 Los Angeles by former folkie Samantha 'Sam' Shaber who, after releasing albums and touring the US and UK for several years on her own, got bored with the coffeehouse bean grinders and earnest soul-searching, and wanted to create something more spontaneous, less precious and, well, louder. Shaber approached songwriting from an indiepunk platform and recruited players from Gnarls Barkley and The Fray to record the eponymous debut EP, quickly landing song placements in film and TV, before packing up and moving home to NYC to find Bronx drummer/guitarist Tony Cortes.
Shaber's booming, raspy voice can also be heard in the upcoming Weinstein release, BUTTER, starring Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Garner, on the song "Harder Deeper Faster" which she cowrote with dance-rock collective The Bashful.
The video for the first single, "Matador," was shot recently at Avenue B hangout Idle Hands, and can be found atwww.youtube.com/thehappyproblem, along with a Spotlight interview with Sam and Tony on the same channel.