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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 indiepunk band have just released their first full-length album, Head Case, with 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. 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 ‘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.

This is indiepunk for a new generation.

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  • Metarotica

    Like the song from the Stoked episode.

    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • samshaber

    At long last... link to tickets for 9/9 show w Samantha Ronson. Adv purchase HIGHLY recommended. Ain't no joke, people. http://lnk.m

    1 Sep 2011 Reply
  • samshaber

    Next show 9/9 @ 9 at Bowery Electric opening for Samantha Ronson. The Brooklyn What also on the bill. Joint be jumpin'.

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • samshaber

    In the studio! Recording a full-length, due out early next year. Send your album title suggestions to

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • teenrobo3

    Happy Happy Happy makes me well, happy.

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • sussilo

    Good name and really great music.

    30 Sep 2009 Reply