By Anita Stewart, Journalist/Photographer and Chyrisse Tabone, Photographer-Rock At Night Tampa
Fans of all ages crowded the stage for metal, rock, goth, punk music, lots of candy and a Halloween sing-along!
This band has been around for over a decade and has released six albums under this name. The band’s winning combo of rock, metal, goth, punk, performance art shows never cease to amaze and this particular one showcased their “Something Wicked” EP that has just been released. They added a few tricks up their sleeves consisting of a new line-up, more technical prowess with added instruments and their elevated and fiery stage presence.
The stage was elaborately set with roses, skulls, frogs, candelabras, a goat head, a stuffed unicorn and other Halloween decorations for ambiance. After all, One Eyed Doll’s shows are always rock shows first and performance art shows second! Various hats along with sing alongs, Kimberly’s trademarks, were brought out and worn during specific songs adding to the uniqueness of the show. And a frog that was part of the stage set was “turned into a boy” after everyone turned their backs to the stage at Kimberly’s command; the frog was then “transformed” into Benjamin Riggs, the stage manager. He hopped onto the stage to start playing his part of the set on the bass.
The other stand out surprise was Kimberly playing a “theremin” or “ether-phone,” a curious electronic instrument that consists of a wooden box with electronics on a stand and and two protruding antennae. See more about theremins HERE. Also Kimberly has a new guitar, not her familiar custom black Tregan, but now another custom white one that she debuted at the Jacksonville show. The band members are official spokespeople for Tregan guitars and Blackstar amps.
Kimberly has also done solo projects and released four albums under her own name and one more under the name “Ghetto Princess.” The latest solo offering by Kimberly is Secret Lullaby, a full length album that was released last summer and is reviewed by Rock at Night HERE. See the poignant official video for “Amnesia” HERE. The night’s performance of “Rust” another song from this album about the love between a ship and it’s captain, is ethereal and haunting, matching the mood of the official video and highlighting Kimberly’s wide vocal range. And now, to storm Europe! Rock at Night will be watching for the show reviews from across the pond!
Doll Skin’s opening set at the Brass Mug had guys crowding the front of the stage to learn lead guitarist Alex Snowden’s technically incredible guitar licks. Her playing prowess is reminiscent of Eddie Van Halen and she is not even 21 years old yet. Absolutely mind blowing!
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