with Creature Canyon and The Oxen
with Creature Canyon and The Oxen
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Ticket Price: $8 advanced / $10 day of show / $14 reserved seating
Honing their sound in the LA Valley, Little Dove is a female-fronted heavy rock project that currently calls San Diego home. Originating as a duo with front-woman Vanja James, the band's most recent live incarnation is a raucous power trio featuring two left handed string players: Vanja James on guitar and vocals, Kyle Areford on Bass (The Paragraphs) , and Ryan Schilawski (Badabing, Pinkeye) on Drums & backing vocals. Little Dove's single "Misery" appeared on Season 6 of the HBO TV show Shameless. The latest Little Dove album is set to release in Fall 2017 - this will be the band's first performance at The Belly Up.
Formed in the latter half of 2015, Creature Canyon consists of singer-songwriter Austin Steele, guitarist Ryan Amyot, bassist Elliot Ramsey, and drummer Kyle Victoria. They can be described as a high energy 4 piece with melodic guitar riffs, vivid bass lines, boisterous rhythms, and in-your-face vocals. Their debut full length album "Life I Know,” released in May of 2016, was recorded at Studio West, Pacific Beat, and Steele Studios. Most of the album was recorded at Studio West in a ten hour marathon session with the help of recording engineer Bryan Zullo. Recording all in the same room together allowed the band to capture the electrifying old school approach to modern recording.
The band's debut single “Life I Know” was mixed and mastered by Grammy award winning engineer and producer Alan Sanderson. In the Summer of 2016 Creature Canyon teamed up with director and friend Mitchell Harris to create the "Life I Know" music video. The video was released in September 2016 and premiered on the esteemed west coast music blog, Free Bike Valet. Creature Canyon is currently at work in the studio writing and recording their forthcoming EP.
“John is a graphic designer, so I thought maybe he had put it together as a joke…” recalls Oxen guitarist / vocalist Jozette Vineyard on receiving a screenshot of the band’s feature in the March 2017 San Diego City Beat from her husband and bandmate. “At the time, we had been together three, maybe four months, so to receive the designation of “EXTRASPECIALGOOD” (a title the publication placed on eight out of a hundred plus bands in 2017) was a little overwhelming.” Since then The Oxen haven’t taken their foot off the accelerator and their unique brand of fuzzed out Indie Pop has only served to continue to build upon the buzz they generated in their first few months of existence.
A chance work place meeting between drummer Matt Nelson and Vineyard spurred on by a Spin Records bumper sticker on Vineyard’s car, quickly evolved into the two sharing their music histories, playing poorly recorded demos from their old bands, and hastily making plans to book a few hours at a local rehearsal studio. “Jozette played me a track she and John had put out themselves as a 7” the year before, and I recall just being floored by how much I enjoyed it…” Nelson recalls. A week later, the trio had their first practice. “I sent Matt a few demos beforehand, and we just clicked right off the bat… we had all spent considerable time in other bands so there wasn’t much of a learning curve” says John. The diverse musical (and geographic) backgrounds the band boasts is clearly a contributing factor to their unique sound. “John, he definitely has the highest pedigree out of the group having spent time in the choral rock group The Polyphonic spree and before that El Gato… I spent my formative years in Cleveland in a power pop band called The Interns, and Joz is from Omaha, but has been kicking around the San Diego scene long before John or I made it out here” remarked Matt. In June of 2017, the band rounded out their lineup adding Kevin Shumway on bass.
In October 2017, The Oxen will release their first formal release with their current lineup, a self-released split 7” with fellow North San Diego County band, The Gift Machine. All the while continuing to lay the framework for what will be their first LP early next year. “I’m not sure if its having grown up with the DIY ethos or if we’re just being really deliberate in what we put out into the world, but we’re being extremely hands on in the creation of this record” Vineyard, who has produced and engineered the bands forthcoming material, notes. “The tracks on the Gift Machine split will be the first things we sent ‘out of house’ to be mastered… so we might have a little trouble letting go of things”, Nelson jokes.