The music of One-Eyed Doll is a sonic enigma, made only more unique by its members. So it should not be much of a surprise to discover the band hails from Austin, Texas. And by band we mean the duo of Kimberly Freeman (founder, vocals, guitars) and Jason Rufuss Sewell, aka “Junior” (producer, drums, bass, keyboards).
One-Eyed Doll has won awards and praise in all manner of genres including pop, punk, rock, metal, and more. They have been voted the Best Punk Band in 2009, 2010 and 2011 at the Austin Music Awards at SXSW. They have also won many other accolades including; 2nd place Metal Band, 3rd place Best New Band, 4th place Industrial/Goth Band, 7th place Best Acoustic Guitar (Kimberly Freeman), 8th place Female Vocals (Kimberly Freeman), and 10th place Best Record Producer (Jason Rufuss Sewell, for Monster.) But wait, there’s more: In 2011, Kimberly was April 2011 tabbed in the Guts & Glitter issue of Guitar Player magazine as one of the Twenty Most Extraordinary Female Guitarists (Tregan Guitars even designed her own model), and for the last two years she has been voted as one of Revolver Magazine’s Hottest Women in Hard Rock.
Still, none of the awards, labels, or accolades truly give a picture of who and what One-Eyed Doll is. The duo’s style is unique, eclectic, amazingly familiar while at the same time stunningly original–in short, an enigma. They are more popular than many bands on major labels yet they are a 100% DIY indie band. They give their music away to fans for free or whatever sum the fans wish to, or can afford to pay.
Legendary producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash) even reached out to them to helm their previous album “Dirty” (July 2012) and their soon to be released follow-up, “Committed” (January 2013). The two albums play like yin and yang, with “Dirty” tapping into the darkness while “Committed” embraces the light. The duo was so excited to branch out from recording in Junior’s bedroom, that they chose to re-record a handful of their favorite tracks from previous albums, on these two records, along with new material.
“When we went to record with Sylvia” offered Junior, “I wanted to do those songs right. Not bedroom style (laughs). She’s got this neat console from the 60s. She has the compressor that was built by George Martin for The Beatles. And it’s in this massive art-deco movie threater. And that’s the way these songs needed to be recorded. Some people were like, ‘what? You ran out of material? Why are you recording these same songs again?’ We want to do these songs justice. That’s why they’ll see a few of our favorites.”
“We’ll never run out of material,” beams Freeman. “I have this fear. I have bad dreams about this, of not ever being able to record all of my songs. you know, just not having enough time in my life to be able to do it. And I would just feel so incomplete.”
“Just to let you guys know,” confides Junior, “there’s still about 100 songs out there that haven’t been recorded. We’re not finished yet. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Listen to the full interview below and you can hear more about the birth of the band, from Freeman’s time as a teacher in China, to discovering her voice, and the path that has led to more than eight complete albums and much more music, almost all of which can be heard and downloaded at http://www.oneeyeddoll.com/. Also check out their newest video for “Committed” below.