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Improv goth punk: One-Eyed Doll mixes it up

Goth punk rock outfit One-Eyed Doll has been making music since 2007.

Goth punk rock outfit One-Eyed Doll has been making music since 2007.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kimberly Freeman enjoys not having a plan – at least when on tour.

“We’ve been out with Mushroomhead and they have a crazy show,” she says during a recent interview. “Our show really fits in well with theirs.”

Freeman is one half of the goth punk band One-Eyed Doll. She and Jason Rufuss Sewell began working together in 2007 and have since released nearly a half-dozen albums under the name.

The band’s music has often been compared as a cross between The Pixies, The White Stripes and Marilyn Manson.

“We’ve been doing our thing for a while now and a lot of what we do is improv,” she says. “Each show is changed up and there are times I will play a toy piano. We are always trying to keep it different than anything we’ve ever done.”

The Austin band has garnered plenty of accolades. One-Eyed Doll was the critics’ darling at the South by Southwest Music Festival from 2009-11 as it was voted best new punk band. It also garnered best new band, metal band, female vocalist, guitarist and drummer along those years. Freeman also has been featured in Revolver magazine as a “hot chick” in hard rock.

She says the recognition is nice, but it’s not why the band performs.

“We really enjoy putting our own music out there,” she says. “It’s amazing that so many people are responding to it. We also cherish the time that we do get to hang out with our fans after the shows signing and just chatting.”

Freeman says when it comes to making music with Sewell, the process has gotten easier.

“He’s been my producer since before we started the band,” she says. “He knows exactly how I work and I know him. We always go with our gut and we respect each other’s opinions in the studio. It’s a really good working relationship.”