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FAIRBANKS - The Devil Whale is a four-piece band from Salt Lake City coming to Alaska for the first time. And they aren’t bringing any instruments.

“No, we’re borrowing everything,” lead singer and guitarist Brinton Jones said with a laugh. “It’s too hard and expensive to travel (with instruments) these days.”

That means the band’s 1950s organ, used to recreate some of the band’s wilder sounds, stays home.

“I like whacky keyboard sounds,” Jones added.

But none of this will stop the band from playing its entire new album, “Teeth,” due out in May. Whereas the band’s previous EP, “Young Wives,” was something of a departure from the debut album “Paraders,” Jones said “Teeth” finds more in common with the EP. Many of the songs came out of the same recording sessions and touch on similar themes of personal struggle and taking America to task for many of its problems.

“Lyrically I’m probably never going to write the happiest material, but I don’t think I write sad material,” Jones said. “It’s going to be in between. So I want the music to have vitality to it to temper it a little bit. Jaded is a word used (by music critics) to describe (“Young Wives”).

But I think “Teeth” has some more playful and melodic moments. It is deliberate.” Musically, The Devil Whale, which includes Jake Fish on bass, Cameron Runyan on drums, keyboardist Josh McCafferty and guitarist Jamie Timm, can be considered solidly indie for its eclectic nature of unexpected change among soaring melodies, aggressive guitar swings, and startand- stop direction shifts, but there is a classic pop element filtering through as well.

“Any band is going to say it, but we do like the Beatles and the Beach Boys, but I don’t think we overtly rip those bands off,” Jones said. “But the instrumentation of the group is definitely a nod in that school of thought.”

Fish is a fan of old country, while Timm goes for roots music—blues and country. Runyan and Jones draw from more contemporary material, while Jones also confesses a love of classic rock. Combined, this gathering of influences creates a sound that challenges the listener while adding hooks to hang on to.

“That’s our common ground. Beatles, Kinks, Velvet Underground, whatever — the more classic stuff. As boring as it is to list those as the influences, that’s where we come together with what we agree on and the reference points we have,” Jones said.

The band typically performs about an hour.

However, for the Friday gig at the Marlin (Devil Whale plays Saturday at UAF), the band has a surprise planned—a complete performance of the Velvet Underground’s 1970 classic “Loaded.”

“It was Jake’s idea,” Jones said. “We were going through a bunch of covers. Jake was like, ‘Why don’t we just do this whole album?’ That way we don’t have to fill out a set (of covers). It will give it a cool flow to the show. It seemed like a cool idea to do that.”

Jones said the band will play “Loaded” sometime after midnight.

“We’ll be a little looser then,” he said. “We still have some work to do on it, but it’s classic and iconic enough that it will be interesting and fun.”