New Music: Unnatural Helpers – “Hate Your Teachers” and “Toil”


unnaturalhelpers lp2 New Music: Unnatural Helpers    Hate Your Teachers and Toil

Seattle indie rockers Unnatural Helpers started as the side project of several Sub Pop employees, as led by direct sales guy Dean Whitmore. While each of the four members now punch the clock elsewhere, the band continues onward, preparing to release their latest album, Land Grab, on September 25th via Hardly Art (the subsidiary of their ex-employer.) Recorded in their hometown alongside producers Kurt Bloch (Robyn Hitchcock, The Venus 3) and Eric Randall, the 13-song album hits every emotional high point a listener could hope for: “Pain, Doubt, Fear, Hate, Anger, Guilt, Regret, ad nauseum: it’s all here.”

As sort of an emotive sampler platter, the band has released two album tracks. “Hate Your Teachers” is an angsty shot of hardcore, powered by a jagged bassline and rapidfire yelping. “Toil”, on the other hand, is slightly more subdued, a mix of hardcore noise, post-punk sing-talk vocals, and a hint of grunge. Stream and/or download both below.

Unnatural Helpers – “Hate Your Teachers”

Unnatural Helpers – “Toil”

The band will tour in support of the record throughout October, and you can check out the full itinerary following the album tracklist.

Land Grab Tracklist:
01. Medication
02. Stiff Wind
03. Mexican Borders
04. I Trust it Hurts
05. Toil
06. Hate Your Teachers
07. Over You
08. Devil is a Liar
09. When it Can Only Go Right
10. Walk
11. Waiting Girl
12. You’re Right
13. Julie Jewel

Unnatural Helpers 2012 Tour Dates:
09/01 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot
09/22 – Seattle, WA @ KEXP in-studio
09/28 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
09/29 – Portland, OR @ The Know
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern
10/18 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
10/21 – Berkeley, CA @ 925 Gilman
10/22 – Monterey, CA @ Golden State Theater
10/23 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
10/24 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
10/25 – Fullerton, CA @ Observatory
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Nomad Art Compound