Although based in Seattle, Ivan & Alyosha create a sound thatâ€™s distinctly Californian, with acoustic instrumentation and bright vocal harmonies that evoke the West Coastâ€™s summery, Southern locales. The band formed in 2007, when solo songwriter Tim Wilson met Ryan Carbary. Taking their name from Dostoevskyâ€™s The Brothers Karamazov, the two began playing together, eventually traveling to Los Angeles to record a folk-pop EP with producer Eli Thompson. The Verse, The Chorus was released in early 2009, paving the way for a healthy tour and a decent amount of national buzz, including a nod from NPRâ€™s â€œAll Songs Considered.â€� Things picked up again in early 2011, when the band -- now a four-piece featuring Wilsonâ€™s brother, Pete Wilson, as well as Tim Kin -- released the sophomore EP Fathers Be Kind and launched another tour. ~ Andrew LeaheyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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