Austin’s One-Eyed Doll loves Monterrey.
Austin metal/powerpop duo One-Eyed Doll recently returned from northern Mexico, where they played a show at the Monterrey music venue Ibex. Singer/guitarist Kimberly Freeman kept a tour diary of their four-day stay in Nuevo Leon. The duo of Kimberly and drummer Number Three stayed with a family in Monterrey and lived on home cooking while exploring the sights, culture and history of the city.
Here are some observations from Freeman about the city:
We strolled around a kind of shopping plaza, where we saw lots of street performers, vendors and scammers. We saw a restaurant run by nuns, and a huge crowd of people doing the Thriller dance in the square! There were zombies! It was pretty cool driving/walking around and hearing stories. Get this. Once, all the metal heads and punkers in Mexico arranged a nationwide beating-up of Emo kids. I guess a lot of it happened right there in the square. Wow. I guess it’s been awhile, cause we saw some pretty major hairdos – Tokyo Hotel style stuff. The square is a big hipster hangout.
About leaving Mexico…
It’s so sad to leave this place. I love my Mexican family so much. Three is pretty sad, too. Today, I learned a whole bunch of Spanish. Jessica and Alle and I had giggle fits all the way around town and at the house, trying out new words. I’m kind of just repeating everything I hear. My Spanish is so poor. I think with more time here, I could get better.
It’s great to see artists from Austin visiting our southern neighbors and responding positively and humbly. We hear Monterrey has a growing music scene. If XYX, who we interviewed this summer here, is any indication, Monterrey will continue to be high on our list of cities to visit.
You can read One-Eyed Doll’s tour blog here.