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Tim Wilson
Ryan Carbary
Tim Kim
Pete Wilson

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All the Times We Had, Ivan & Alyosha’s first full-length album, encapsulates the personalized blend of rousing songcraft, infectious melodic hooks and thoughtful lyrical introspection that’s already endeared the band to just about anyone who’s witnessed one of their effortlessly uplifting live shows, or who’s heard either of their two prior indie EP releases.

The Seattle combo—which borrows its name from a pair of characters from Dostoevsky’sThe Brothers Karamazov—delivers its songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude that’s reflected in their bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices that reflects the band members’ family-style camaraderie, evoking a timeless pop ideal that’s as affecting emotionally as it is pleasing to the ear.

The intrepid ensemble—comprised of core members Tim Wilson (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Ryan Carbary (guitars, piano and vocals), Tim Kim (electric guitar and vocals) and Tim’s brother Pete Wilson (bass and vocals), plus a revolving assortment of friends and collaborators on keyboards, drums and other instruments—has spent much of the past two years on the road, traveling the highways and back roads of America, often with wives and children in tow, building a loyal fan base with their joyous, high-energy live performances.

Ivan & Alyosha’s prior releases and live shows have won the band copious critical acclaim. They’ve also done successful stints opening for the likes of Aimee Mann, Brandi Carlile, the Low Anthem, Rosie Thomas and John Vanderslice. Since early in its existence, the group has been embraced enthusiastically by alternative radio, performing multiple on-air sessions for NPR as well as receiving notable support from such key stations as KCRW, KEXP, WFUV and WNYC.

The same qualities that originally won Ivan & Alyosha media attention and a devoted grass-roots audience are apparent on All the Times We Had, which the band co-produced in collaboration with keyboardist/engineer Chad Copelin, and mixed by Jesse Lauter (The Low Anthem). The 11-song album effortlessly captures the warmth and immediacy of Ivan & Alyosha’s live performances, lending added resonance to such lyrically compelling, melodically arresting tunes as “Be Your Man,” “Running for Cover,” “Don’t Wanna Die Anymore,” “The Fold” and the album’s’ bittersweetly reflective title track, which features guest vocals by the band’s frequent touring partner and longstanding admirer Aimee Mann.

“We didn’t get it perfect, but I definitely think we got it right,” Tim Wilson says of the new album. “We really worked hard to get a live vibe, and to capture that inspiration that we get when we’re on the road, when everybody’s together and feeding off of each other. You can nit-pick and edit everything until it sounds perfect, but we were more concerned with just getting the best performances we could. I think that it’s more mature and more focused, and closer to what we do live, than the records that we’d done before. We definitely had moments in the studio where it like, ‘Oh, wow, this is special.’”

Ivan & Alyosha formed in 2007, when Tim Wilson met Ryan Carbary. Both had been in various Seattle-area combos, but the songs that Wilson was writing at the time seemed to call out for a new musical approach. The pair spent nearly a year writing material for their debut EP, The Verse, The Chorus. Released in March 2009, the EP generated an unexpected level of national exposure, with the charming tune “Easy to Love” (reprised on All the Times We Had) receiving considerable airplay. The debut EP won the band an interview on NPR‘s All Things Considered and coverage in NPR’s All Songs Considered SXSW 2010 preview. A subsequent appearance at the SXSW festival generated considerable music-industry word-of-mouth.

By the time Ivan & Alyosha recorded its second EP, Fathers Be Kind, in February 2011, the group had expanded to include Tim Wilson’s bass-playing brother Pete, whose songwriting abilities contributed considerably to the band’s creative arsenal, and Tim’s high school friend Tim Kim, whose distinctive guitar work added a new dimension to their sound. Fathers Be Kind‘s majestically jangly title track became a favorite of fans, critics and DJs, and reappears in a newly recorded version on All the Times We Had.

“When we recorded The Verse, the Chorus, we’d never really played live as a band,” Tim Wilson notes. “By the time we did the Fathers Be Kind EP, my brother Pete and Tim Kim had come on board, and we had done a west coast tour or two, and some dates on the east coast, but we were still figuring out how to play together. AfterFathers Be Kind came out, we went out and spent year and a half touring, and became a real band. I think that’s reflected on the new album.”

Indeed, All the Times We Had demonstrates the positive effects of the band’s extensive roadwork, underlining just how far Ivan & Alyosha has progressed since its humble origins.

“I think that we all feel pretty strongly that this is what we’re supposed to be doing, playing music, trying to write good, timeless songs, and trying to connect with people,” Wilson states. “I think that we have a pretty deep sense of purpose, that this is not just some accident. I guess that the essence of faith is having felt or experienced something that maybe you can’t hold in your hand, and I think that’s how I’d describe my attitude towards music. And it’s OK if it’s hard, because anything in life that’s worth doing is hard.

“I’m guilty as guilty as anyone, of wanting certain things or wanting to be in a certain place right now,” he concludes. “But we’re building something, and building something takes time. I’m learning to enjoy the journey, and I think we all are.”
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Ivan & Alyosha premiere “The Fold” live at Avast! on CBC

Ivan & Alyosha have been making plenty of waves since the release of their harmony-laden debut album, All The Times We Had. In support of the album, the band recently recorded select tracks at Avast! studios in their hometown of Seattle.

CBC Music has the exclusive video premiere of the band performing their latest single "The Fold." As singer Tim Wilson explains, the simple pop song didn’t come from a typically organic place, but rather from “a writing exercise… a more formulaic place.” As for the inspiration behind the song, Wilson goes on to say the lyrics derive inspiration from “being a little frustrated with parts of your life that you’re not satisfied with” but knowing “good things come to those who wait and work hard.”

Click music.cbc.ca target="_blank">HERE for the exclusive interview and live performance via CBC Music.
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Win tickets to see Ivan & Alyosha during their Canadian tour dates via Exclaim!

Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha kick off their North American tour this month spanning through April 8 in Memphis, TN to May 9 in Vancouver, BC with plenty more Canadian stops along the way.

Dine Alone and Exclaim! are setting up fans in each Canadian city with a pair of tickets to see the band in concert, as well as a copy of their debut, All The Times We Had.

www.exclaim.ca target="_blank"> Click here to enter the contest!

Canadian Tour Dates
Apr 21 - Cafe Dekcuf- Ottawa, ON
Apr 22 - The Drake - Toronto, ON
Apr 30 - Pyramid Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
May 02 - Amigos - Saskatoon, SK
May 03 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
May 04 - Hifi Club - Calgary, AB
May 09 - The Media Club - Vancouver, BC
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Ivan & Alyosha's debut album available now

The Seattle outfit's much-anticipated debut album, All The Times We Had, is now available. bit.ly target="_blank">Click to grab it on iTunes.

The album was featured earlier this month as an NPR Music "First Listen" and praised for its "gorgeous, swelling, impeccably built songs about love and faith." Esquire tipped the band as one of 15 to watch this year, and raved "the line for first great summer song of 2013 starts here," about first single "Running For Cover," while Rolling Stone for their part described the band's "Smooth, soaring guitar pop... (as) if the Shins slowed it down a bit."

youtu.be target="_blank">Check out Ivan & Alyosha's new video for "Running For Cover."

The Seattle quartet will embark on a North American tour this Spring, with Canadian dates confirmed for April. For a full list of dates, click dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

Ivan & Alyosha Canadian dates:
April 22 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Apr 30 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
May 02 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
May 03 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
May 04 - Winnipeg, MB @ Hifi Club
May 09 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
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Stream Ivan & Alyosha's debut album on RDIO

For a limited time, fans can exclusively stream Ivan & Alyosha's debut album, All The Times We Had, exclusively on RDIO. The full album drops February 26 on Dine Alone Records.

www.rdio.com target="_blank">Click to hear All The Times We Had on RDIO.

The Seattle quartet will embark on a North American tour this Spring, with Canadian dates confirmed for April. For a full list of dates, click dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.

Ivan & Alyosha Canadian dates:
April 22 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake
Apr 30 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
May 02 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
May 03 - Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
May 04 - Winnipeg, MB @ Hifi Club
May 09 - Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
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Ivan & Alyosha premiere new video on The AV Club

The Seattle outfit have debuted a brand new video for lead single "Running For Cover" via The AV Club, which you can check out above, or www.avclub.com target="_blank">HERE.

The single itself channels the undeniable stomp of fellow folksters Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, and as The AV Club notes, "while lots of people are doing it, only a few are doing it really well. Ivan & Alyosha is one of those success stories."

The band is gearing up for the release of their debut All The Times We Had (February 26, 2013) with the recent announcement of a Spring 2013 tour across North America, including number of Canadian dates, plus a stop at SXSW. Check out the band's tour schedule dinealonerecords.com target="_blank">HERE.
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