Not sure how the Unnatural Helpers got their name, but my guess is that drummer/singer Dean Whitmore has to twist arms to get people to be in his band. He must be a pretty good arm-twister because he’s got Brian Standeford of Idle Times, Leo Gebhardt also of Idle Times and his own solo endeavors, and Kimberly Morrison of the Dutchess & the Duke. Whitmore himself has been around the block in Seattle, doing time in both the Dipers and Intelligence. obviously working up the muscle to form his own band.
Up to this point The Unnatural Helpers have been releasing stuff mostly on Seattle’s Dirty Knobby including last year’s very entertaining split single with the Intelligence as well as another single and a full length. They also had a single in last year’s Sub Pop singles club before inking a deal with Sub Pop’s kid sister label Hardly Art.
For their new album Cracked Love and Other Drugs the band went into the studio with Fastback, Sgt. Major and all around Young Fresh Fellow Kurt Block to record it. The first fruits have just been released on the first ever Hardly Art 7″ single. I can state unequivocally that the A-side Sunshine / Pretty Girls is the best Unnatural Helpers song I’ve heard, and it could very well be the anti-summer jam of the erm, summer, though it’s a bit early to predict those kinds of things. It’s backed with three non-album songs and is limited to 500 copies.
mp3: Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine / Pretty Girls
Order up a copy of the 7″ or pre-0rder the album from Hardly Art. Unnatural Helpers are also opening for King Khan & Shrines and the Fresh & Onlys this Tuesday, 13 April at Neumos.