Kimberly Freeman - Secret Lullaby  



Kimberly Freeman - Secret Lullaby 


By Travis B. 


The name “Kimberly Freeman” might sound familiar to some of our longtime readers. She was on the front cover of Issue #8 of Resident Rock Star Magazine. She is most well known as the guitar player/singer for her two-person punk/goth/metal band One-Eyed Doll. I did the review for their latest album Witches on said issue. Now Freeman has once again teamed up with her longtime producer and bandmate Jason Rufuss Sewell, not for another One-Eyed Doll album, but for a new Kimberly Freeman solo album. Her third solo album to date. 


          You (or at least the straw-man in my head) might be asking, “Why a solo album? Why not just make it a One-Eyed Doll album, if it’s the same members?” Well, stylistically, this is quite a bit different from One-Eyed Doll. Secret Lullaby is not a punk rock album, or even a rock album, really. This is an album where Freeman and Sewell experiment with a wide range of musical styles and lyrical themes. Much of which would not be a good fit for a One-Eyed Doll album. 


          The music on Secret Lullaby is much softer than what you would typically hear on a One-Eyed Doll album. Freeman draws upon a wide range of musical influences, including progressive rock, R&B, Jazz, Industrial, new age, and lots of piano ballads. Kimberly Freeman’s singing is very soulful, yet the album is tinged with moments of gothic darkness. In fact, the overall mood is dark and somber. 


          As Kimberly Freeman says, “I am often inspired by other people’s stories, and Secret Lullaby goes there a lot.” Like a method actor, Freeman gets inside the characters she is portraying in her music. The album feels very personal, even though Freeman says most of the songs are not about her. “To Love a Soldier” is an emotional ballad about a woman waiting for her love to return from war. “Cream and Sugar” is a jazzy tune about a girl with big dreams who is stuck working a dead-end job, serving coffee. “Hoof Horn Tooth Claw” is a bombastic orchestral piece about a pregnant pygmy goat. 


          Not all songs on the album tell a story. The only lyrics to “Lions and Lilies” is “Leones y Lyrios”, a tribute to Sewell’s late, bilingual grandmother. “Chocolate for Blood”, and “Secret Lullaby” have no lyrics at all. The only vocals for these two songs are more for musical effect. “Chocolate for Blood” is an eerie industrial/orchestral piece that makes me think of the creepy tunnel scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. “Secret Lullaby” is an instrumental piano ballad with light vocals in the background. The perfect song to close out an album that is full of piano ballads. 


what is the final verdict? Is this a good album? If you are a hardcore rocker, it may not be for you. It is not the style I normally listen to, but it’s not a bad album. The musicianship on this album is pretty incredible. It has a wide range of musical styles, and Kimberly’s voice sounds great. The album shows great maturity. If you want something a little more adult contemporary, with dark soulful female vocals, check this album out. Maybe you guys out there could pick this one up for your girlfriend. 


Purchase the album on Bandcamp.


Tours, Trinkets, and Tinctures. One Eyed Doll Embarks on Visions Tour 2016 


Article by Ye In Morris 
Photos by Amy Hutcheson

            Punk first began as a movement, an uprising in the youth as they raised their fists in the air in contradiction to society and the corruption of the government, screaming with voices of revolution and smashing down the walls that bound them to the rules and expected normality of society. Their voices breaking windows and their souls filled with rage, a new age of music was born.  

This spirited band One Eyed Doll emerged from the shadows, touching the hearts of punk, Goth and metal lovers everywhere. With their dark yet humorous and playful lyrics, this band reaches into both the light and dark places of life in their songs, with interactive shows and lively performances. The members of the band Kimberly Freeman (guitar/vocals) and Jason Rufuss Sewell, or “Junior” (drums), did not specifically have punk in mind for their sound, it rather in a sense chose them.  

“Genres don’t mean much to me. I don’t think I ever chose to play this kind of music; it just comes out this way. I wouldn’t call us a “punk” band, or “Goth” band, or “metal” band. Maybe we have elements of those things, but we’re just a band.” Freeman explained. They do not focus on being genre specific, but rather on the music itself and the impact they have on other people with their sound and the way it personally makes them feel.  
“The stage is my sanctuary; I always get scared before a show. I start to doubt myself and get terrible anxiety, but as soon as the first note hits, I’m on. All the sadness and fear disappears, and I’m in my zone.”  

One Eyed Doll began as any other, starting with an instrument in their hands and singing their soul in the form of lyrics. Starting from small performances at open-mic nights, street corners, and even soup kitchens to being nominated the Top Punk Band in 2009, One Eyed Doll has skyrocketed to the top driven by the support of their fans and their love of music.  

“As long as the fans stick around, new bands will continue to push forward and make new music. Big thanks to those special people out there who make our way of life possible by going to shows, telling their friends, buying music and repping our shirts. We’re really honored.”  

    One Eyed Doll  now has an endless amount of merchandise available in their online store; an extensive collection of t-shirts, posters, accessories, beanies, bandanas, signed merchandise, and even signed guitars available for purchase.  
    In addition to the band’s online store Kimberly has opened her own online trinket shop called Kimberly’s Magical Charms.  
“I’ve created this shop for my handmade crafts, but it’ll be a bit of everything eventually. I make necklaces and gather treasures in my travels. I’ve got whosits and whatsits galore.”  
    Kimberly has also launched her own line of hand-made perfumes comprised of essential oils. The first of these tinctures is called Potion #1: Orange Cedar wood for men and woman.  
“This is an all-natural super light eau de cologne, hand made by me with pure essential oils and TLC. Cruelty free, vegan, 100% natural, all that good stuff. This is my first batch, so it’s small. Very limited!”  
and is available online now via Kimberly’s Magical Charms online store.   

    One Eyed Doll’s tour dates for 2016 are leaving no place in the United States untouched as they embark on the current “Visions” Tour with fellow female fronted groups “Eyes Set To Kill” and “Open Your Eyes” in support of their latest album “Witches” you can find a full schedule & tickets here 

    One Eyed Doll is determined to continue spreading their sound across the nation, filling the hearts and souls of their fans so long as they have an instrument in their hands and a stage to play on. Some upcoming shows here in Colorado are Grand Junction on March 17th at the Mesa and Denver on March 18th at the Roxy Theater.  

    Whether you are a punk lover, Goth enthusiast, or metal-head, One Eyed Doll is sure to scream the voice of your soul and leave you cheering. 

This article and a review of One Eyed Doll's newest album "Witches" are included in the Spring issue #09 of Resident Rock Star Magazine. 
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Described as Strawberry Shortcake meets Gwar and Valentine's Day meets Halloween with the visual impact of Japanese Anime, One-Eyed Doll is an award-winning Austin, Texas power rock duo with a loyal global fan base and extensive international press exposure. In 2009, 2010 2011 the group swept the SXSW Music Awards in categories such as Best Punk Band, Best Metal Band, Best Goth Band, Best New Band, Best Acoustic Guitarist, Best Electric Guitarist, Best Producer, Best Drummer, Best Songwriter, Best Female Vocalist and more. The group has independently released three full-length albums, appears in Revolver, Guitar World and Guitar Player magazines and has left several national tours in its wake including major anime conventions (DragonCon, AniMix, IKKiCON, Anime Overload, ShadoCon, etc.) Blazing the band's wildfire buzz amongst their growing legions of religiously crazed fans is One-Eyed Doll's cult leader: the impossible-not-to-love Kimberly Freeman, whose punishment is so sweet you'll beg for more.

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