April 23rd, 2009
Unnatural Helpers are a giant spoonful of Seattle rocker stew. The end result of the heavy gravitational pull of like-minded musicians mixing and co-mingling with each other through the local scene. How the Helpers came to be as a static entity is a little bewildering…
They are centered by drummer/singer Dean Whitmore who has been in one band incarnation after the next looking for the right chemistry. He has drummed with the likes of Welcome, Mars Accelerator and The Intelligence from which he has teased out bits and pieces as a stockpile of material and a template for what would eventually come to be.
Early days of the Unnatural Helpers saw a revolving door of members including Lars Finberg, also of The Intelligence, and often band-mate Mike Wurn, among with other Seattle cornerstones such as guitarist Jesse Steinchen, the Lights’ PJ Rogalski, and Kinski’s Chris Martin. An album was released (self-titled), local press paid attention and a legion of fans formed but even still, this was not to be the final embodiment of the band.
Incredibly today, an entirely new manifestation of the Unnatural Helpers has emerged playing more of the catchy, guitar-heavy punk that has thrilled NW music freaks. The line-up now includes Kimberly Morrison (Dutchess & the Duke) on bass, and Brian Standeford (Idle Times, Catheters, Tall Birds) Leo Gephardt (Catheters, Tall Birds) on guitars and of course Dean on durms/vocals.
Recognising the explosive potential of this combination, local sprouting label, Hardly Art has gone a’courtin’ and slid quietly into bed with Unnatural Helpers to release a new full-legnth. The band is currently plotting out a plan for recording, and we will of course keep you informed as more concrete details come in. In the meantime continue past the break to hear some of what they’ve got to offer or check out their myspace