Halloween meets Valentine’s Day. Barbara Streisand meets Butthole Surfers. Dresden Dolls meets Dolly Parton. Beefcake the Mighty meets Strawberry Shortcake. These are just a few of the names that come up in conversations when trying to describe One-Eyed Doll’s sound.
This loud rock duo is very much a creative and symbiotic partnership between songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and performance artist Kimberly Freeman and producer, drummer Jason “Junior” Rufus Sewell that began just a few years ago in Austin, TX.
Since then they've won multiple SXSW awards at three consecutive festivals, Freeman has been listed as Guitar Player Magazine’s “top 20 most extraordinary female guitarists of all time” and as one of Revolver Magazine’s “hottest chicks in hard rock” and they amassed over one million fans on You Tube.
They also built an impressive and loyal global fan base much like a modern day patrons of the arts collective. More on the road than off these days, One-Eyed Dolls dedicates themselves daily to the increasing demands of their digital legions.
It is those legions of fans who helped to independently finance and release three full-length albums, Hole (2007), Monster (2008) and Break (2010) through their website alone and they’ve done it yet again with their newest release Dirty.
They journied to Weed, California last summer to record Dirty with Grammy-winning producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash) at her RadioStar Studios.
“We love this album. Junior and I played the guitar and drum parts together in an abandoned church to capture a natural sound that reminds me of great records from my heros of the 70’s rock and metal era,” comments Freeman.
Dirty as a collection of songs touches on darkness, dirt and the spirits who lived in that church. It’s a sonically textured journey through the complicated emotions of the human experience. It’s what you might call a, "blue period" piece from One-Eyed Doll and a departure from the playful pop punk sound of their earlier releases. It recalls the blues of Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd while still maintaining their modern DIY aesthetic.
Freeman's lyrics often deal with her youth and the darker sides of her own experience of life. She's suffered from depression and homelessness. She's attempted suicide and lived on the run as a fugitive in China for a time too.
No emotion goes untouched on Dirty, much like experiencing Freeman and One-Eyed Doll live.
Dirty was recorded on all vintage analog equipment. Dirty will be released on vinyl and CD in retail stores beginning August 7 and is currently available in digital stores and for pre-sale with an accompanying lyric and art book at www.oneeyeddoll.com.
One-Eyed Doll returns to the road this summer with Otep and intends to tour throughout the rest of the year in support of Dirty.