Head Case

by The Happy Problem

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    The new release from NYC indiepunk band, The Happy Problem. Born from the fighting energy of punk and a love of tuneful pop, NYC's The Happy Problem are described by Time Out NY as "...a happy-go-lucky Hole." With influence from Duran Duran to Gogol Bordello, their first full length release, "Head Case," features 11 melodic punk tunes, garnering airplay from KROQ in Los Angeles to DarkCompass.com in the UK and song placements on ABC, CW & more. Video for the latest single and more at www.youtube.com/thehappyproblem.

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The new release from NYC alt pop band, The Happy Problem. Born from the fighting energy of punk and a love of tuneful pop, NYC's the happy problem are described by Time Out NY as "...sorta like a happy-go-lucky Hole." With influence from Duran Duran to Gogol Bordello, their first full length release, "Head Case," features 11 melodic punk tunes, garnering airplay from KROQ in Los Angeles to DarkCompass.com in the UK and song placements on ABC, CW & more. Video for the new single "Curvature": youtu.be/ByooaJ10Gg8

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released November 1, 2011

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 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.

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."

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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: Curvature
Check out my ride
My bumpers shine
My every curvature is polished-up so fine
It isn't I
I crouch inside
Keep all my valuables where they can safely hide

Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You'll never shine your way through me
Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You see what you want to see

My buckles gleam
On perfect seams
I am a fabulous that you have never seen
It isn't me
I rougher lean
Hiding my dirt inside where I can keep it clean

Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You'll never shine your way through me
Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You see what you want to see

I keep my punctuation on the down low
Can't let my exclamation points show show show show
It's just a show show show show
No one can know know know know

Too high the price
To eat the hype
My indigestion is the only solid sign
Cancel the deal
I’m going real
I'm flying fences to where I can finally feel

Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You see what you want to see
Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You'll never shine your way through me
Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You see what you want to see
Los Angeles, Los Angeles
You'll never shine your way through me
Track Name: Matador
Everyone here is a massive train wreck
Everyone here is a massive train wreck
It's open season

Everyone here is a pretty little boy
Everyone here is a pretty little boy
It's open season

Matador performing for the crowd proudly
Red they roar the glory of the sound loudly
Matador, you're a pretty little boy
Matador will you win or be destroyed
Matador, will you suffer to enjoy the final round?

Everyone here is a part of the parade
Everyone here is a player or the played
It's open season

Matador performing for the crowd proudly
Red they roar the glory of the sound loudly
Matador, you're a pretty little boy
Matador will you win or be destroyed
Matador, will you suffer to enjoy the final round?

Run run run where the Presidente flows
Grab that taxi, sexy go
Grab that taxi, sexy sexy go

Matador performing for the crowd proudly
Red they roar the glory of the sound loudly
Matador performing for the crowd proudly
Red they roar the glory of the sound loudly
Matador, you're a pretty little boy
Matador will you win or be destroyed
Matador will you suffer to enjoy
Matador, your pretty little boy
Matador matador the final round
Track Name: The Prettiest Girl
I am a coaster
You are the date
They lay things on me
Just while they wait
And at a dinner
You are the plate
I am the placemat
Crumb-catching fate

I wanna be the prettiest girl

You're avant garde
I am cliché´
You come in first
I come too late
And at a party
You're center stage
I hold the pieces
Behind the shades

I wanna be the prettiest girl

Pulled him up without a second glance
All the weeks I wooed the same romance
Painted coffee cups and galleries
Invitations from the Warholese

I am a coaster
You are the date
They lay things on me
Just while they wait
And at a dinner
You are the plate
I am the placemat
Crumb-catching fate

I'll never be the prettiest girl
You'll always be the prettiest girl
Track Name: Seaweed
If this city fell in the sea before the morning came
Voices drowning, clinging to screams and listening for the names

I would wrap my body up in the giant leaves
Of the palm trees floating off like seaweed
Like seaweed

When the voices are too much to bear I weave them silently
Into pretty braids in my hair and hold them violently

And I wrap my body up in the giant sheets
Of the small bed where I can be soft like seaweed
Like seaweed

So delicate when it's dry
So dry when it's dry
So falling off pieces fly
So strong when it's wet
So you choke and yet
So delicate

If my heartbeat ceased to be before the morning came
Organs drowning inside of me, and free from all the shame

They would wrap my body up in the giant sheets
Of white satin and carry me off like seaweed
Like seaweed
Like seaweed
Track Name: Coldfish
Put your panties on, she's already gone
Save the spectacle, you'll need it in the pre-dawn
Everything to prove, give the diva room
Know she show us how she walk-a with a boom-boom
Don't betray the fool, it's the golden rule
Try escaping but you crash into the cool-cool
Nothing worth a try, she's a shut us out blind

Don't crack, stay back
Stop the old attack
Stay loose, no truce
No use
Cold fish, no kiss
All we were dismissed
Walk by, stay dry

Keep the greeting low, she don't wanna know
Personality not welcome in the big show
Keep the smile cold, never break the mold
Warm and open is a catastrophic no-no
Keep your panties on, just until she's gone
Save yourself from being just another fawn fawn
Ego on parade, make the memory fade

Don't crack, stay back
Stop the old attack
Stay loose, no truce
No use
Cold fish, no kiss
All we were dismissed
Walk by, stay dry

You're a cold fish, is that what you live for
Just a cold fish, slap

Cold fish, no kiss, no use, dismissed
Cold fish, no kiss, no use dismissed
(Walk on by, not worth the try)
(Walk on by, not worth the try)
Track Name: Head Case
Wakey wakey, hearts a’breaky
Lost another one while you were sleeping in
Suck the doobie, down the tubie
Choke the cruiser til you go into a spin

Sleepy sleepy, keepin’ easy
Put the future off another morning more
Roll ‘er over, sorta sober
Fix your goatee, pizza man is at the door

You’re a head case
Such a beautiful waste
One more hit, shit, there’s nothing to see

Wakey wakey, no mistakey
You’re the smartest guy in any room for sure
Witty witty, such a pity
Your finale’s just an endless overture

Lordy lordy, all aboardy
On the track that circles round and round again
Thirty thirty, watch the birdie
In a flash a life’ll pass around the bend

You’re a head case
Such a beautiful waste
One more hit, shit, there’s nothing to see
You’re a head case
Such a beautiful waste
One more hit, shit, there’s nothing to see

Rub your little eyes
Comb your ponytail
Get yourself a life
This is getting stale

You’re a head case
Such a beautiful waste
You’re a head case
Such a beautiful waste
One more hit, shit, there’s nothing to see
Track Name: Wizard
You must be the wizard
You're the one they're talking about
I can tell by the smoke you're blowing up
From the tub at your big emerald house

Said you wanted us up high where the limit meets the sky

You just use for your dirty work
Hold the prize in front of our eyes
You just cruise when the curtain jerks
Floating off like the Wizard of Oz

These must be your people
Sing and dance when you come around
Getting high on the offers you make 'til you're gone
And their lead hearts drop to the ground

Maybe you're a man of tin, open up and nothing in

You just use for your dirty work
Hold the prize in front of our eyes
You just cruise when the curtain jerks
Floating off like the Wizard of Oz

In your big balloon
You've been over the moon
You've been over the rainbow
So we never say no

You just use for your dirty work
Hold the prize in front of our eyes
You just cruise when the curtain jerks
Floating off like the Wizard of Oz
Like the Wizard of Oz
Just a Wizard of Oz
Track Name: Lost
If you go
To wed with
The first Joe
You bed, it's
A good sign
You should know
You could find
Your ego

Lost and compromised
Lost but dig deeper, dig deeper

Do do do do do do

No return
No discount
No points earned
Just sold-out
Just panicked
And ran down
The plank in
A white gown

Lost and compromised
Lost but dig deeper dig deeper

Do do do do do do

You're not out of time
There is no line
If you live to a hundred
You'll have always wondered

Lost and compromised
Lost sight of the prize
Lost and compromised
Lost sight of the prize
Lost (Do do do do do do)
Lost (Do do do do do do)
Lost (Do do do do do do)
Lost (Do do do do do do)
Track Name: YOU
You make me unhappy, make me drown
You take my feet from me, take me down

But when you smile I smile
And when you're kind I shine

You use words to cut me, shut me down

But when you're kind I rise
And when you smile I'm fine
But then you take the sharpest knife

And when you smile I smile
But then you use the sharpest knife