The Devil Whale is doing something right.
With a newly released live session album available online and an appearance at Velour Live Music Gallery, the group clearly knows what they’re doing. With songs like “Butter for Burns” and “Barracudas” the lyrical and vocal prowess of lead man Brinton Jones shines forth. Other times the heavy guitar and bass fill the room with energy indescribable. With their smooth guitar licks, heavy bass and bright keyboard, the Devil Whale has created a sound that is unique, one that cannot be defined. And they like it that way.
“Our goal is to become a genre,” said Jones.
Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Kris “Subterfuge” Taylor talked about their influences and genre. The generic influences came up: Bob Dylan, the Beatles, etc. But Taylor mentioned how the Beatles are their own genre.
“People don’t say ‘That band sounds like an early 60’s to late 70’s classical rock band from the U.K.’ People say ‘That band sounds like the Beatles!’” Taylor said.
And that is the goal the Devil Whale hopes to achieve, to be a genre, in and of themselves.
Many wonder where the name the Devil Whale comes from. It’s from a painting by artist Jen Lobo. Brinton spoke of the “majesty” of the whale as well. The largest mammal on Earth, gliding through the water and is able to sink ships with ease. Some may picture a red, scaly, horned, distraught whale when these words are spoken. But to some, the Devil is a symbol of rebellion. And that is a good symbol for a band like the Devil Whale, with no genre to restrain their musical abilities.
Be sure to like the Devil Whale on Facebook and check out the newly recorded daytrotter.com session with five new Devil Whale tracks to listen to.