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On The Happy Problem's latest album, Birth, recorded in Los Angeles by Eve 6 guitarist/engineer Jon Siebels, Shaber brings her eclectic musical experiences to bear; from the reggae-tinged first single "Quit the War," to the upbeat, 80s-inspired "All I Want," to funk-rock anthem "The Disco Song of Love," and a Beatles-esque classical arrangement for oboe and cello on the confessional ballad "Relapse."

A consummate indie artist, Shaber shot 3 videos in 2 days in 1 location for the new album, each to be released as a single over the next few months. The Happy Problem are also adding live shows to the calendar, excited to be a part of LA's newly-reborn indie club scene.

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released February 23, 2016

(c) 2016 Sam Shaber & The Happy Problem, Brown Chair Records. All songs written by Samantha Caplane Shaber, except "Lola" written by Raymond Douglas Davies. Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 recorded at Ultrasound Studios, Los Angeles, CA: Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Glockenspiel - Sam Shaber; Bass - Jon Siebels; Drums - Nick Adams; Cello - Pierre Derycz; Oboe - Phil the Man Popham. Tracks 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 recorded at Degraw Studios, Brooklyn, NY: Vocals, Guitars - Sam Shaber; Lead Guitar - Ian Wolff; Bass - Ben Rice; Drums - Nick Adams. Track 12 recorded at Unison Music, Valley Village, CA: Vocals & Guitar - Sam Shaber; Lead Guitar, Vocals - James Kloeppel; Bass, Vocals - Diederich Castro; Drums, Vocals - John Cody Watson. Additional recording for tracks 1, 3, 5 at 4th Quarter Studios, East Orange, NJ. Mixed by Fred Archambault. Mastered by Howie Weinberg. Album design by Swin Huang. All Rights Reserved.

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The Happy Problem Los Angeles, California

Described by Time Out NY as “a happy go lucky Hole,” The Happy Problem's exuberantly angsty frontwoman Samantha Shaber sings of youth, age, love & death on their self-produced third album, Birth. Shaber founded The Happy Problem after logging over 200,000 miles touring as a solo artist. Their songs are frequently featured on hit series including Sleepy Hollow and Keeping up with the Kardashians. ... more

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Track Name: Quit the War
Quit the War

Hey hey why don't you stay
What's your trouble
Come and take a break
Raise the flag, you can't win the war today
Hey hey, round is over
Take the gloves off
Put the punch away
Lay me down, let me make it all okay

And I don't know what we're fighting for
Years ago I quit the war
I can't take no more tragedy
Was a time I quit the war
Was a time I quit the war

Deep freeze, ancient history
Block the trenches
From my memory
Everything here is happier to me
Tell me price and purpose
Is it worth it
Is it what you want
Or is it true that you've had it all along

And I don't know what we're fighting for
Years ago I quit the war
I can't take no more tragedy
Was a time I quit the war
Was a time I quit the war

Hold me tight, keep it safe, leave it outside, please stay
Hold me tight, keep it safe, leave it outside, please stay
Hold me tight, keep it safe, leave it outside, please stay
Hold me tight, keep it safe, leave it outside, please stay

And I don't know what we're fighting for
Years ago I quit the war
I can't take no more tragedy
Was a time I quit the war
Was a time I quit the war
Was a time I quit the war
Was a time I quit the war
Track Name: All I Want
ALL I WANT

You are how I breathe
You are all I see
You give me an ache
You you you are my soul mate

All I want is
All I want is
All I want is
All I want is you
All I need is
All I see is
All I breathe is
All I want is you

You have got me caught
You my every thought
You keep me awake
You you you all night and day

All I want is
All I want is
All I want is
All I want is you
All I need is
All I see is
All I breathe is
All I want is you

The rest is a blur
Cut off from the world
I'm a very lucky girl

All I want is
All I want is
All I want is
All I want is you
All I need is
All I see is
All I breathe is
All I want is you
Track Name: Relapse
Relapse

Roll up the plans
Call off all the lonely heart bands
Go home, I'm done
No more help from anyone

Let me relapse
I don't need anything if they ask
Carve me in stone
'Cause I'm done

Turn out the lights
I've heard all the wise men's advice
Just let me go
Stop talking like I don't know

Let me relapse
I don't need anything if they ask
Carve me in stone
'Cause I'm done

And it would be so calm
Without all these voices turned on
And it would be so sweet
Without the noise that follows me

I will relapse
And I don't need anything if they ask
Carve this in stone

I'm done
Track Name: Freak in Love
FREAK IN LOVE

I go a little bit crazy when you walk in the room
All knotted-up inside, start talking double time
I'm like a Tom & Jerry tripping over my shoes
Tongue hanging out to dry because you blow my mind

And I'm a freak in love, a freak in love with you
And I cannot keep track, keep track of my cool
And every time we play, I play the fool
Cause I-I-I-I'm in love with you

It's just a little bit scary how you get right through
You give my game away, fumble my poker face
I couldn't play it steady if I wanted to
But I don't, I'm ok, I've never felt this way

And I'm a freak in love, a freak in love with you
And I cannot keep track, keep track of my cool
And every time we play, I play the fool
Cause I-I-I-I'm in love with you

In this whole wide world of fools
Always searching for the perfect two
It's a miracle if this is true
Cause I-I-I-I'm in love with you

Cause I'm a freak in love, a freak in love with you
And I cannot keep track, keep track of my cool
And every time we play, I play the fool
Cause I-I-I-I'm in love with you
Track Name: Fathers Day
Father's Day 2015

Daddy left today for the other side
Turned away, he was out of sight
And I can see his face I can feel him smile
But the moon don't rise quite so high
And the stars don't shine so starry bright
When we cross that line to the time of life
Where part of our hearts has died

Daddy called today from the other side
I could hear his voice coming through the line
But it fades as day turns into night
And the moon don't rise quite so high
And the stars don't shine so starry bright
When we cross that line to the time of life
Where part of our hearts has died

Baby don't you cry cause your Daddy died
You'll be with him right on the other side
You'll see his face and you'll feel him smile
And the moon will rise again so high
And the stars will shine so starry bright
When you cross that line at the end of life
Where you heart's once more alive
Track Name: Disco Song of Love
Disco Love Song

Growing up
Is losing little pieces
Chipped away
Like fragile figurines
Losing love
To frightful aneurysms
Open holes in the earth beneath my feet

And love goes na-na-na, etc.

Minute one
The heart is yet unbroken
Taking names
And dreaming every plan
Oozing love
Industrial optimism
Innocent of the devastation planned

And love goes na-na-na, etc.

Heart attack
From the loss of lovers gone
(Starting over)
Take me back
To the bliss of minute one
(Starting over)
Start me over
Start me over

Na-na-na, etc.
We fight, we bruise, we try, we lose to love
Na-na-na
We kiss, we're torn, we miss the warm of love
Na-na-na
Track Name: Baby
Baby

Everyone will run to see
When you come
When you come
Nothing else will taste as sweet
As your tongue
As your tongue

So light my way through the mire of the direst day
And make a place where the fears and fires fade
Oh baby, oh baby, lend me your soft cheek
Oh baby, oh baby, bring the world home to me

Darkness won't be so dark
In your eyes
In your eyes
Life and death will miss their mark
When you cry
When you cry

So light my way through the mire of the direst day
And make a place where the fears and fires fade
Oh baby, oh baby, lend me your soft cheek
Oh baby, oh baby, bring the world home to me

So please please please be the builder of the brave in me
I'm ready to be stronger than I thought I'd be
I'm ready

So light my way through the mire of the direst day
And make a place where the fears and fires fade
Oh baby, oh baby, lend me your soft cheek
Oh baby, oh baby, bring the world home to me
Track Name: Way to Joy
Way to Joy

So you weigh your pros and cons
Add up everything you're on
And all that has gone wrong
List is long
Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy

Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy
Oh-oh-oh
Oh get up and let it go

Open up your tired eyes
Stop measuring your life
It'll be the perfect size
When you rise
Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy

Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy
Take the way to joy
Oh-oh-oh
Oh get up and let it go

You were supposed to be Madonna by now, well so what, so you're not
And after all the blood's been shed you're still not on the map
And like an F train on a Sunday life ain't getting you anywhere
But if you spin it on its head you're there
Take the way to joy

Take the way to joy
Take the way
Take the way to joy
Take the way
Take the way to joy
Take the way
Take the way to joy
Take the way
Oh-oh-oh
Oh get up and let it go
Track Name: Hey Celebrity
Hey Celebrity

I took some pretty pictures to my dying friend
To temporarily trick her so she might forget
Distract her with the sparkles dripping down each hem
Far from her own carpet running blood cell red

Hey Celebrity
You exist for me
Take away the pain
From tumors breaking down her brain

It's easier to watch them playing on the beach
In countries so exotic we could never reach
Than sit still on a table, shooting up each arm
The chemicals they make a suit to be safe from

Hey Celebrity
You exist for me
Take away the pain
From tumors breaking down her brain

When she was just a little girl
She wanted nothing in the world
But to be a movie star
Please let her wake up where you are

There isn't any magazine
That can make her body clean
But those supermodel smiles
Take it away just for awhile

Hey Celebrity
You exist for me
Take away the pain
From tumors breaking down her brain
Track Name: Stupid Crying Song
Stupid Crying Song

Now you're gone
And since then everything is wrong
It's just a stupid crying song, stupid song
All night long, since you're gone
In your eyes
Life was a wonderful surprise
Now it's a stupid lonely life, stupid life
Now that I lost your eyes

And sometimes my mind goes back in time
To see you smiling in the sunshine

But now you're gone
And nothing's innocent or young
It's just a stupid crying song, this trip we're on
It's no fun, since you're gone

Ah ah ah

And sometimes at night I see you smile
By my side as though you survived

But now you're gone
And nothing's innocent or young
It's just a stupid crying song, stupid song
All night long, since you're gone

Growing old is not like anything we're told
It's just a stupid shit show, stupid show
People go and we grow old