Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Ted Cutler
Video: Jarratt Taylor / David Christensen
Photos: Inger Klekacz— see the full photo set
First thing’s first, there’s neither an Ivan nor an Alyosha to be had in Ivan & Alyosha, the Seattle quintet that takes their name from the protagonists of Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Still, it’s a name that’s fitting in an unlikely way, the band lyrically exploring some of the same philosphical themes tackled by the novelist all those decades ago. In a way, according to the band, it’s as if the name found them.
We talk to Ivan & Alyosha about those name origins, winter recording sessions in a Snohomish barn, and Seattle’s current musical zeitgeist (producing fellow travelers like Fleet Foxes, The Head the Heart and The Moondoggies, among others). They also play from this year’s Fathers Be Kind EP and give us an idea of what their upcoming debut will sound like with a preview of new material, the recording for which begins soon.
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