Seattle, WA four piece Ivan & Alyosha are set to release their new EP Fathers Be Kind on Feb 1st 2011 via Missing Piece Records. The EP is the follow up to their well-received debut The Verse, The Chorus, released by Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan as Police Woman, Ane Brun, The Silver Seas). 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.” Following the release of Fathers Be Kind, Ivan & Alyosha will appear on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series.
As a preview of the forthcoming EP, Ivan & Aloysha are making the song “Glorify” available for free download. You can download the track here.
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Named after the main characters in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, the name Ivan & Alyosha is apt for a band cutting its teeth. As Ivan in Brothers Karamazov moves through the novel with doubts, Ivan & Alyosha navigate the indie rock world contemplating their path as a band. Lead singer and founder of the band Tim Wilson says he writes songs about what’s current in his life. He recently married and had a son. Songs like “Living for Someone” and “Fathers Be Kind,” reflect the age-old struggle of trying to balance the desire to make music with the pull of home and family.
To record Fathers Be Kind, the band built a studio in a barn at guitarist Ryan Carbary’s parent’s house in Snohomish, 45 minutes outside of Seattle. Snohomish provided an idyllic setting with a charming main street lined by bars and little distraction. In self-recording Fathers Be Kind, the group was allowed more time together to create and perfect the new songs. The tracks were mixed by Bryan Cook (Beck’s Record Club, The National).
Outside of the studio Ivan & Alyosha have been wowing audiences with their incredible vocal harmonies and warm melodies. Of a recent performance Seattle Weekly opined on the “gently booming bass, rumbling guitars, galloping drums,” musing that “[Ivan & Alyosha] have found the formula for pop gold.” A recent run of dates with Mark Olson of the Jayhawks had him praising their “Beautiful harmonies, terrific songs and positive outlooks…Three cheers for these guys! I was glad to have performed with them and wish and believe they will have all the musical promise in them fulfilled.”