As Kimberly would say… A long, long time ago in a land far, far away called Fort Worth, TX, the Visions Tour cast it’s eyes on The Rail Club. One-Eyed Doll headlined the show, an experience I can best describe as watching “A Clockwork Orange” while receiving a Care Bear stare.
The Austin based duo of Kimberly Freeman (Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar) and Jason Rufuss Sewell a.k.a. Junior (Drums, Producer) rocked the stage in a performance just as much filled with theatrics as with thrashing. Also completing the Visions Tour were Open Your Eyes and Eyes Set to Kill.
One-Eyed Doll was formed in 2007 and has, for Kimberly, truly been a story of rags to rock stardom. In the beginning, the ability to tour was solely dependent on merchandise sales at one show to get to the next. In “One-Eyed Doll: A Rockumentary,” Kimberly relates how in the beginning she would make her own merchandise from scavenging trash bins and stenciling the band’s logo with bleach and adding details with puffy paint.
It did not take long for the band to get noticed. At the 2009 South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX, the band was named Best Punk Band. They also won 2nd place Best Metal and, 3rd place Best New Band, 4th Place Best Industrial/Goth Band, 7th place Best Acoustic Guitar, 8th place Best Female Vocals and 10th place Best Record Producer. Even more recently, Revolver Magazine has consistently named Freeman one of the “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock”.
As impressive as their reach has been with One-Eyed Doll’s cult following, Freeman has unintentionally branched out literally into other worlds from the stage. They’re music has been featured in TV shows and video games, and Freeman even has become a character in the online role playing game AdventureQuest Worlds.
This is a case where it would be hard to speculate exactly what is next for One-Eyed Doll. The current Visions Tour continues with shows almost nightly through April 30, 2016. What I’m most looking forward to is an upcoming collaborative project between One-Eyed Doll and Eyes Set to Kill covering Depeche Mode’s 1989 hit “Enjoy the Silence.”
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Story by: Michael Dunlop
Photos by: Calvin Mims
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