For the uninitiated, Ivan & Alyosha falls into the same nomenclature category as Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd — there are no Jethros, Floyds, Ivans or Alyoshas among their ranks. Ivan & Alyosha was initially comprised of vocalists/guitarists Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary, who gravitated from working in a variety of musical relationships to forming an exclusive duo in 2007.
After a year of working in and around Seattle and writing a fair amount of original material, the pair headed to Los Angeles to record their debut EP, The Verse, The Chorus, with producer Eli Thompson. Wilson and Carbary had never christened their “band” with a proper name, so it was Thompson’s idea to dub them Ivan & Alyosha, after the diametrically opposed lead characters in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Read more in this week's Sound Advice.
See Ivan & Alyosha with Plastic Ants Monday at MOTR Pub. More info/tickets: motrpub.com .