Kyle Areford: Bass guitar | Ryan Schilawski: Drums | Dylan Cooper: Drums, Percussion | Vanja James: Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Rock

RIYL: The Rosalyns, Flaggs, No Doubt, Pat Benetar, Patti Smith, Pat Benetar, Heart, Suzi Quatro, Paramore, Leonard Cohen, Cole Porter, Jets to Brazil, Aretha Franklin, Nirvana, Mudhoney, Elliot Smith, Royal Blood, the Loons, The Schizophonics, Florence and the Machine, Against Me!, Queens of the Stoneage, Jack White

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Inception: San Diego, 2013

Influences: The White Stripes, Queens of The Stone Age, Nirvana, Aretha Franklin, Jawbreaker, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Artic Monkeys


Honing their sound in the L.A. Valley, Little Dove is a female-fronted heavy rock project that ended up being based in San Diego. Originating as a duo with frontwoman Vanja James and percussionist Dylan Cooper, the band evolved its live incarnation into a power trio featuring James on guitar and vocals, Kyle Areford (Mrs. Henry, Down Big, the Paragraphs, El Consumption) on bass, and Ryan Schilawski (Duping the Public, Badabing, Bosswitch) on drums and backing vocals. The group has also collaborated with players like Trips Jurado and Fernando Perdomo, as well as continued associations with Dylan Cooper.

A self-titled debut album was released in 2013, with Little Dove playing over 25 shows that year and earning radio airplay nationally in several major U.S. cities, and in the UK and France. After James relocated back to San Diego in summer 2015, Little Dove's single "Misery" was heard on season six of the Showtime TV series Shameless.

A new Little Dove album was released in summer 2017, preceded by an announcement that it would be "the band's first studio album with their new full-fledged band sound." Recording with Grammy winner JJ Blair, drummer Matt Tecu (Cat Power, BB King), and bassist David FIlice (DMC, Bono), the album was advance-promoted each month before its release with a new single.



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