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Let's be honest/I'm a superhero/Let's be honest/I'm gonna save the day...
From left to right: Meghan, Alex, Sydney, Nicole

Doll Skin is a rock band from Phoenix, Arizona. They originally formed in 2013 in order to compete in a Battle of the Bands at a local high school. As it happened, David Ellefson, bassist of Megadeth, was one of the judges; when Doll Skin won first place, Ellefson offered to act as their manager and producer. Since then, they have released an EP, 2015's In Your Face, and two albums, 2016's In Your Face (Again) and 2017's Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and toured with bands such as Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion, and Otep.

On April 23, 2019, the band announced that their third album, Love Is Dead and We Killed Her, would be released on June 28, 2019. Additionally, they released the first single off the album, "Mark My Words".

The original lineup was Sydney Dolezal (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Alex Snowden (lead guitar, backing vocals), Nicole Rich (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Meghan Herring (drums, backing vocals). In December of 2020 Nicole and Alex left the band, which continues as a duo.

Doll Skin provides examples of:

  • Badass Boast: "Family Of Strangers". "We are the free thinkers/We are the wild young things."
    • Also "Let's Be Honest", as seen in the page quote.
    • "Persephone" is one big Badass Boast from the perspective of the Greek goddess Persephone.
  • Battle of the Bands: Why the band formed in the first place, although they were all already friends.
  • Cover Version: They covered "Uninvited" by Alanis Morisette on their album Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
  • Darker and Edgier: Their third album, Love Is Dead and We Killed Her, is shaping up to be this.
  • Evil Redhead: How the titular protagonist of "Rubi" is perceived.
  • Floral Theme Naming: All of the songs on Manic Pixie Dream Girl were originally going to be named after flowers, but the idea was ultimately discarded because the band didn't want to force the songs into titles that didn't fit. Three of the songs still follow the theme, though (and all ended up next to one another on the album): "Sunflower", "Sweet Pea", and "Baby's Breath".
  • Literary Allusion Title: "Persephone".
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Shut Up (You Miss Me)", a peppy and upbeat-sounding song about a screwed up, possessive relationship.
  • Metal Scream: Sydney does these occasionally, such as in the final chorus of "Daughter".
  • My Beloved Smother: The mother in the "Daughter" video.
  • Nature Hero: The titular "Rubi".
  • Non-Appearing Title: "Family Of Strangers" and "Wring Me Out".
  • Performance Video: Several, including "Furious Fixation" and "Family Of Strangers".
  • Perky Goth: Alex.
  • Protest Song: "Puncha Nazi".
  • Scavenged Punk: The video for "Furious Fixation".
  • Shout-Out:
    • The video for "Furious Fixation" is specifically about Mad Max: Fury Road.
    • Continuing with the movie references, the video for "Shut Up (You Miss Me)" is full of visible sound effects and an over-the-top style reminiscent of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
    • The video for "Mark My Words" is a direct reference to The Craft.
  • Silly Love Songs: "Sweet Pea".
  • Stalker with a Crush: "Shut Up (You Miss Me)". The music video takes it up to eleven.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Sweet Pea".
  • This Is a Song: "Sweet Pea". "This is just a song about how I love you..."
  • Title Drop: Occurs (albeit off by a word) in "Family Of Strangers" off the In Your Face EP: "I want the boom of the drums/Middle fingers in their face!"