Scottsdale rockers Doll Skin had a pact when they were set to record their third studio album, “Love is Dead and We Killed Her.”
“The name ‘Love is Dead and We Killed Her’ came from the idea that we didn’t want to have any love songs on this album, or songs about love,” says singer Sydney Dolezal.
Instead, Doll Skin, who released the album on June 28 on Hopeless Records, went with revenge and relentlessness as themes, hoping to provide a voice for those who have suffered through “traumatic or extraordinary events,” Dolezal says.
The subject matter on the album includes Dolezal’s pursuit of sobriety and finding healthy coping mechanisms on “Outta My Mind;” finding self-empowerment through introspection coupled with the strength to move on from unhealthy relationships on “Empty House;” and drummer Meghan Herring’s struggles with depression on “No Fears,” according to reports.
“It was an emotional process for us, but we really benefited from it,” Herring adds. “I’m glad we had the time we did to make this album, because it came out really well.”
After touring with New Found Glory, Doll Skin is returning for a special hometown show at Pub Rock in Scottsdale on Saturday, August 10.
The songs on “Love is Dead and We Killed Her” are relatively new, as they were recorded in January in Big Bear, California, with producers Will McCoy and Mike Green. From there, the band went to Los Angeles to lay down tracks. Herring says McCoy and Green helped Doll Skin develop their ideas.
“This is the first time we really worked with someone else,” Dolezal adds. “This time we were really able to sit down and utilize an outside voice. I’m really proud of this album and it was very different than anything we’d ever done before.”
Doll Skin has been highly touted since its beginnings. The band was discovered in 2013 by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and his son, Roman, at a Desert Mountain High School talent show.
After fruitless efforts to shop the band to industry friends, Ellefson took on production and managerial duties himself. Doll Skin became the impetus behind the Ellefson and Thom Hazaert’s EMP Label Group. The band released two albums and an EP on EMP.
Since the release of its 2017 sophomore effort “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” Doll Skin has experienced a wealth of personal and creative growth through touring, meetings and listening to other bands.
“We’re kind of like sponges at this point in our career, so we’re kind of soaking up everything around us,” Dolezal says.
“In terms of sound and topics, we all matured a lot. I personally did a lot of growing within this album and I did a lot of learning about myself in terms of what we wrote about. It’s definitely very fitting for where we are right now in our career.”
In September, Doll Skin will embark on a European and U.K. tour with their friends Trash Boat, whom they met on Warped Tour.
“It’ll be kind of a short run, but it’ll be really fun,” Herring says.
Doll Skin w/Good Boy Daisy and Love Like Fiction
Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, pubrocklive.com, 7 p.m. Saturday, August 10, $12-$15.