Hailing from Austin, Texas, theatrical-rock duo One-Eyed Doll (OED) was formed in 2007, with the current line-up consisting of vocalist/guitarist Kimberley Freeman and Jason Rufuss Sewell producer/drummer.
They currently have 6 studio albums under their belt and have won a variety of music awards such as Best Punk Band by Austin Music Awards at SXSW three years in a row (2009, 2010 & 2011) and Freeman also hit Guitar Player Magazine‘s Top 20 Most Extraordinary Guitarists list.
In light of their most recent album and their co-headlining “Visions” tour with Eyes Set To Kill, I set out to interview OED to find out a little more about them and their album Witches – which, by the way, is inspired by real life witch stories. I have to say, they’re a really fun, down to earth, and quirky (in the best way possible) kind of bunch.
1. Why the name One-Eyed Doll? Who came up with the name?
K: It’s a tribute to my grandpa Bernie Jones, who was a great performer. He had one eye.. It’s also a reference to the “third eye”, a reminder to keep looking forward and remember what’s important.
2. How would you describe OED?
J: It’s hard for us to describe our sound. We’re at our core, a guitar and drums based rock band. But we dabble in metal, punk, folk, electronic, whatever we feel like exploring at the time. I think it’s best to hit up YouTube and watch some of our official music videos to get an idea.
3. Has your music changed much since 2006?
K: Of course! The line-up has changed over and over again, we’ve got better equipment and about a kazillion miles and a thousand shows under our belts. It’s been a long road, and I think the music has gotten better over the years.
J: From a producer’s perspective (I started in 2006 as the producer before joining in 2009) I think the band started off a bit more stripped down and simple. Over the years we’ve really stretched out and started using more instruments. Our latest album Witches features mandolin, banjo, violin, synthesizers, etc. We’re more open to pushing the boundaries these days.
4. It’s your 10 year anniversary this year, Happy Anniversary! Do you have anything special planned?
K: We will create a super laser, hold the world at ransom and colonize Europa. Also, we have two tours and an album in the works for 2016.
5. So your latest album is themed around Witches, hence the title, why did you pick that topic?
K: It was accidental. I happened to be reading about the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, and was inspired to write a song. One song turned into two songs, and two songs turned into an EP. The next thing I knew, we had a whole album. It just flowed right out. I couldn’t stop it.
6. I looked through the stories that were behind the inspiration of the album, and they of course they were all tragic but which one was the main source of inspiration for you while writing the album?
K: Mary Esty’s story originally sparked my interest, and ‘A Rope For Mary‘ was written for her. As I continued to read about the tragedy of her death, I wrote more and more. The album originated with Mary. I suppose she was my muse.
7. Speaking of inspiration, who are your inspirations?
K: Baby turtles.
J: For me, the instruments themselves call to me. Synths, drums, guitars… they are always reaching out asking for me to explore them. I’m inspired mainly by Kimberly’s sparks of ideas… and then I’m inspired to flesh them out into full productions.
8. One-Eyed Doll will be co-headlining The Visions Tour this spring with Eyes Set to Kill and Open Your Eyes. Is this the first time you’ll be performing with them?
K: Yes, and we’re really looking forward to it! We love their music and can’t wait to see them play every night.
9. I have to ask, is it just a coincidence that you all have “Eye” is your names or was this planned?
K: We do?!
10. Back to the album, which song is your favourite one to play live?
K: I really enjoyed ‘Afflicted‘ last tour.
J: I was partial to ‘Witch Hunt‘. Although, we did get to play ‘Black In The Rye‘ with John Moyer from Disturbed on bass in NYC. That had to be one of my favorite moments of the tour.
11. How does this album differ from the previous ones?
K: It’s our first historical concept album, and it’s very serious all the way through.
J: It was also recorded as if it was one long song which was very different. Usually each song is taken as its own entity and they’re mashed together into an album. Witches was written and produced as a single work.
12. Are there any stories during your career that you’d like to share?
J: There are many… But they are secrets.
13. What does the future of One-Eyed Doll have in store? What can we expect?
K: The super laser thing is in the works, as I said.. and Europa.
J: We really take things day by day. We have a vague short term plan, but mainly take life as it comes and try to take as many opportunities as possible.
14. A fun question, what’s on your rider?
K: Two cases of water, which we don’t always get
J: And a very particular guacamole recipe that they usually get wrong which gives a certain member of our crew hives almost nightly.
15. Lastly, is there anything you’d like to add?
K: Absolutely! 2+2=4. Next time, I’d love to try subtraction.
J: I don’t have ADD. I have ASD… Attention Surplus Disorder. I get so focused on something I’m completely oblivious to anything else around me. Yes that’s a clinical diagnosis.
So if you are a fan of horror and all things awesomely creepy, be sure to take a listen to Witches, and catch One-Eyed Doll on the ‘Visions Tour‘ at one of the dates listed below!
3/16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Billboard Live
3/17 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater & Club
3/18 – Denver, CO – Roxy Theatre
3/19 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
3/20 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
3/23 – Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
3/24 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
3/25 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – The Green Room
3/26 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
3/27 – Orlando, FL – BlackBooth
3/30 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown
3/31 – Knoxville, TN – Concourse @ The International
4/01 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligan’s Music Hall
4/02 – Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
4/03 – Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar
4/05 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/06 – Allentown, PA – Croc Rock
4/07 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
4/08 – Danville, IL – Vintage Villans
4/09 – Chicago, IL – Bada Brew
4/10 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
4/12 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
4/13 – Kansas City, KS – Aftershock
4/14 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street Collective
4/15 – Fort Worth, TX – Rail Club
4/16 – Austin, TX – Dirty Dog Bar
4/19 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
4/20 – Corpus Christi, TX – Bone Shakers
4/21 – San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
4/22 – Lubbock, TX – Backstage Lubbock
4/23 – Albuquerque, NM – Blue Phoenix Venue
4/24 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
4/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Whisky A Go Go
4/28 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
4/29 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
4/30 – Sacramento, CA – Boardwalk
Watch ‘Affliction‘ below.
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