In case you weren’t aware, Misfit’s Guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein also has an eponymous band called Doyle. Their music continues in the same vein as Von Frankenstein’s former project Gorgeous Frankenstein, pairing metal riffs with punk rock beats and covering horror themed subject matter such as death, monsters, and chicks. The music is admittedly catchy, and fans of the Misfits will certainly dig it. But don’t call it a solo project, or Von Frankenstein will not be happy about it. He claims, “Doyle is NOT a solo project, it is a band.”
The current lineup, according to Doyle, consists of Alex Story of Cancerslug on vocals, Brandon “The Crusher” Pertzborn on drums, and Izzy Strate on bass. As far as why Doyle does not sing the songs himself he explains, “After I had written all this music, [on the band’s first album Abominator] I realized I had to get someone to sing this stuff- once I’m done recording guitars, all I can see is myself just playing that riff, you know? That’s my thing, not lyrics and singing.”
The band released a clip of the new song Run For Your Life back in February 2017. This song will be featured on Doyle’s second album, Doyle II: As We Die, which will be released on May 5 via EMP Label Group, the label of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, with operations headed up by former Corporate Punishment president, A&R and marketing exec Thom Hazaert. It will also be released in conjunction with Doyle’s own Monsterman Records, which released the band’s first album Abominator.
As far as why he joined up with EMP this time around Doyle explains: “When Dave came to me with an offer for our new CD As We Die, it was a no-brainer. He has been a good friend of mine for 20-plus years, and has never done me wrong, and in this business that’s unheard of. We didn’t want to release it ourselves on Monsterman, we wanted a bigger push and EMP has a lot of exciting things happening in 2017 that will do that for us.” As We Die will be available in different versions with alternate artwork by legendary horror/comic/album cover artist Sam Shearon, known for his iconic works with Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, Clive Barker, KISS, Ministry and Rammstein. It will also be released in several limited edition vinyl configurations, along with a CD reissue of Doyle’s first album Abominator.
Von Frankenstein is no stranger to the world of comic book artists. Recently, Alan Roberts from Life of Agony, who is also a graphic novelist, included Von Frankenstein as a character in his Killogy series. Back in August 2016, Robert explained that, “For Killogy we partnered with a Canadian 3D animation studio and along with my company they produced a six min teaser using the actual voices of Frank Vincent from Good Fellas, Marky Ramone from the Ramones, Doyle from the Misfits and Brea Grant from Heroes. We put together basically a proof of concept clip of what the show would be and we’re in the process of talking to studios.” According to Doyle, the series “Hasn’t happened yet.” However, judging from the available teaser clip it would certainly be a cool cartoon to watch.
When asked how it feels to be larger than Life, seeing all of these animated depictions of himself over the years, Von Frankenstein replied that it “feels normal.” One can only assume that being in the legendary band the Misfits can probably make most anomalies in life seem normal. Just recently Von Frankenstein appeared in the Rob Zombie video Gore Whore dressed as Frankenstein’s monster.
Doyle is currently on the Abominate the World Tour, which includes dates in the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, and more. 2017 US Dates are yet to be announced. So far Von Frankenstein says the tour is going great, and “the crowds have been very receptive.”
Fans may be shocked to learn that while Von Frankenstein has played with the Misfits since 1980, he actually prefers playing Doyle. He proclaims, “I like it better than the Misfits by far.” Many musicians feel like there’s things they can do with other projects that they can’t do in their main project. For example, Doyle is a bit heavier than the Misfits, and a little more metal.
As far as what’s up with the Misfits right now, Von Frankenstein claims that they are currently doing “Absolutely nothing.” This is despite rumors to the contrary following the Misfit’s appearance at Denver’s Riot Fest on Sunday, September 18th 2016. Glenn Danzig took the stage with the Misfits for the first time in 33 years, and the show was very well received, which made it seem likely that they might collaborate again. When asked what it was like sharing the stage with Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig at the same time again after all that time, he simply replied, “It was funny.”