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Ivan & Alyosha

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Seattle, United States

There’s a scene in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan, in particular, questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer, some may say, a holy fool.

Talk of faith and exalted things is rare in indie rock today. Enter Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha. Throughout their second release, the five song Fathers Be Kind EP, the band chart their own course between divinity and disbelief.

“I left my family and my home/to fight the battle on my own

I stole a car and drove away/but in my hate St. Paul did say
‘Glorify the Lord above/with your drink and making love
Glorify the Lord my son, with your whisky and your gun.”

Ivan & Alyosha began as the solo outlet for Tim Wilson but in spring 2007 the band formed after Tim met Ryan Carbary through a former band mate and mutual friend. Ryan and Tim began playing and recording together and a trip to Los Angeles to work with Eli Thompson (Richard Swift, Delta Spirit) spawned the name Ivan & Alyosha. According to Tim, Thompson is a huge Dostoevsky fan and the name stuck. With that, Wilson and Carbary released The Verse, The Chorus, their debut EP on Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan as Police Woman, The Silver Seas, Teitur). The stand out track “Easy To Love” earned NPR Song of the Day honors as “a propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance.”

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  • futchadoc

    Just discovered these guys today. I'm impressed! I'll be scrobbling them more in the future :)

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • tonymetron

    забавное название

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • leonarbe

    Great music... love them... looking fwd to see them live here in YVR

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • CrippledBlack

    Awesome name

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JungleXJ

    专辑太好听了,主唱好帅惹!!已Cry

    4 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Raphael188

    I love your songs!

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • goddaughter

    Lovely name, and I'm delighted I guessed correctly where it comes from.

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ItalyGIN

    на сайте их написано всё)

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • miss_pim

    почему Иван и Алеша? О_О

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Kirstenographer

    Why must you skip Atlanta on your tourr, whyy.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NaDuXaOWG

    Хотелось бы узнать историю названия группы О_о

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Lanny_Barbi

    Ебать-копать, ну и название...

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dahiezer

    Easy To Love (Live at KEXP radio) is SOOO MUCH BETTER THAN THE 2009 STUDIO VERSION. I HOPE THEY IMPROVE IT IN THE NEW ALBUM <3

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • raffy_rillo

    Underrated band. Love your songs! :)

    21 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Vozov

    Ивану и Алёше привет от соотечественников Достоевского)

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • walkingthebeat

    Saw them open for Brandi Carlile at The National, but they were first recommended to me by The Civil Wars. Awesome performance, and the songs really make a lot more sense after watching them live because while the studio album was enjoyable, it doesn't quite do the energy of the band or the structure of the songs full justice like the live performance did. Sort of an awesome blend of Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons and that imaginary band you always wanted to be, but never was 'til now. Indie folk at it's finest. If you get the chance to see them live, definitely do!

    26 May 2011 Reply
  • luvmusiccheck

    saw these handsome guys open for aimee! I was so excited and they didn't disapoint!

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • jonwadsworth

    Great set in Seattle last week! Hope I can make your show in Chicago in July -- great stuff guys; keep it up!

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • strajnic

    Something like Simon & Garfunkel!

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • wAnTstHe60sBaCk

    why aren't you guys any more famous!? come to New York someday !

    7 Jan 2011 Reply
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