Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Slam it with Happy Problem

What comes to mind when you hear the word problem?

Heartache... empty wallet... impossible workload from your boss... etcetera...etcetera. 

Now, what if I tell you that there is something to be excited about called the Happy Problem.  Sounds good? Definitely!  Read on and slam all your worries and start to head bang with an up-and-coming band from the US.

”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 Pearl Jam 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 Shaber’s 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 a fresh 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 the final band members, Bronx drummer Tony Cortes and Brooklyn bassist Joe Nerve.

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 co-wrote with dance-rock collective The Bashful.

Want more of the band, visit www.thehappyproblem.com now!

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