An Interview with Doyle

Posted August 19, 2013 in

Doyle have been causing a ruckus with their debut album, Abominator, which you can find at Photo: Lokerse Feesten

Since 1980, the hulking monsterman Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein has been leaving his giant, bloody footprints in the dirty landscape of punk and horror-inspired rock. The younger brother of Misfits bassist Jerry Only, Doyle joined the band as a teenager and played guitar on some of the band’s most iconic works, including their legendary Walk Among Us album. After another stint with The Misfits in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Doyle branched out and created his own band, Gorgeous Frankenstein, furthering his macabre message with a more metal-tinged sound. The band recently rechristened themselves Doyle after their monstrous ringleader and released their first album under the name, Abominator, in July. Doyle is also currently on tour with Danzig, performing a set of Misfits classics with his former bandmate at each stop of the Danzig 25th anniversary tour. SLUG had the opportunity to speak with Doyle about the new album and the tour.

SLUG: How has the reception been for Abominator so far?
Doyle: Great. Everybody loves it—everybody has been telling me that they have different favorite songs. We weren’t sure how it would be because we changed the name of the band. My singer texted me one day and said, “Give me a call, I’ve got an idea I want to talk to you about.” He basically said we had to change the band’s name from Gorgeous Frankenstein to Doyle, because people weren’t putting things together and didn’t know it was me in the band, and we didn’t have the money to promote it properly, so we made it more simple and It’s been the best thing.
SLUG: You created your own label to release the new album. Why did you do that?
Doyle: We recorded it ourselves, we put it out ourselves, and we created a new label: MonsterMan Records. We went down that route because I don’t wanna wait 10 years to be making 70 cents per record when I can make $7 per record right now.  We’re only gonna sell so many records—I might as well make all the money I can. 
SLUG: What’s the songwriting process for Doyle? Who writes the lyrics?
Doyle: I write and arrange the musical compositions and record them and I send them to my singer with a sheet  letting him know which parts he can and can’t sing on, and then I just let him do whatever the fuck he wants and he knocks it out of the park because he’s a great writer. 
SLUG: Obviously, most people know you because of The Misfits. Since they’re such a legendary punk rock band, do you ever feel like you have anything to live up to in creating music now? 
Doyle:  No, I think I’ve conquered the punk rock world pretty handedly. Now I’m just venturing off into whatever I like.
SLUG: What’s your favorite song to perform from Abominator?
Doyle: Well, most of the songs we haven’t even performed yet. We’ve done a couple of them as Gorgeous Frankenstein, but we haven’t played as Doyle yet. We’re trying to book a tour for November. We’re talking to some bigger bands. We’d love to open for Rob Zombie or Lamb of God. We wanna open for a while to build a crowd for Doyle before we jump into headlining.
SLUG: The new album continues the dark, horror-inspired image and sound that you’ve been cultivating since your time in the Misfits. Do you ever find that style limiting, or do you ever have the urge to move away from it?
Doyle: No, I’m a one trick pony. The people pay to see what I am, so that’s what I give them. Glenn was telling me the other day that in rock n’ roll, you’ve gotta get all your aggression out, and this is the perfect place to do it. 
SLUG:  You’ve been playing Misfits songs live with Danzig for a few years now. How did you guys hook back up after being apart for so long?
Doyle: In 2002, me and Jerry Only had a meeting with Glenn and his manager to talk about doing a new album and going on tour, but for some reason, it didn’t happen. In 2004 or so, Glenn’s personal assistant Crazy Craig, left me a message to tell me Glenn wanted to talk to me, so I called him, and Glenn asked me if I wanted to go on tour with him, and I said, “Yes, I do.” He told me he had a label and to send him a demo, so I sent him the demo and he liked it, so he put that out, too. He’s been asking me to do shows ever since, and I’ve had no problem doing it. It’s a great time.
SLUG: I’ve been looking at some of the set lists for this tour and you’re playing about seven Misfits songs every night. How did you guys decide which ones to include on this tour?
Doyle: Glenn asked us which songs we wanted to do, and to every song we pitched he said nope, nope, nope, so eventually we just told him to pick all of them, since he didn’t wanna listen to any of us. 
SLUG: If you could pick any Misfits song to play live again, what would it be?
Doyle: I would like to do a lot of ’em, man.  “Horror Business.” I’d like to learn about 30 of them and change it up every night.  I like ’em all.
SLUG: You’ve been playing Danzig shows with Glenn for about 10 years now. Have you guys thought about writing any new music together?
Doyle: We recorded a song last time I was in LA. I don’t know what it’s called or what’s going on with it, but I played on it, and it’s somewhere. 
SLUG: A lot of people are going to these Danzig 25 shows just to see you and Glenn play the Misfits songs. How does that make you feel?
Doyle: Great! When I come out, the crowd seems out of their minds, but so happy.
Doyle will perform with Danzig and Huntress tomorrow at Saltair on Aug. 20. Abominator is now available digitally with physical copies available at
Doyle have been causing a ruckus with their debut album, Abominator, which you can find at Photo: Lokerse Feesten