Ivan and Alyosha
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August 16, 2012
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.”
& 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.”
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. Tim 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 Ivan
& Alyosha grappling with the idea of being in a band and trying to
fashion a career. Not only to follow their dreams but to earn a
livelihood and support their families; a feeling he expresses in the
former song, “Expecting our first child / Amid the great recession”.
Despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha’s soulful folk tunes suggest
a band inspired, hopeful and longing; a band unafraid to probe their
collective faith and doubts.
things are different this time around. Tim and Ryan are joined by two
others – Tim Kim and Pete Wilson, Tim’s brother. The band built a
studio in a barn at Ryan’s parent’s house in Snohomish, 45 minutes
outside of Seattle. Snohomish provides an idyllic setting with a
charming main street lined by bars and little distraction.
Self-recording their upcoming EP allows the guys more time together to
create and perfect the new songs.
In the Brothers Karamazov,
when Ivan asks Alyosha to renounce his beliefs, Alyosha refuses.
Rather, he kisses Ivan on the lips. Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha are not
nihilist indie rockers but a new brand of tender dreamers. And
non-believers be damned! God, or no God - these guys are no holy fools.
They have their music to prove it.
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