Ivan & Alyosha: “Fathers Be Kind”
Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha is an indie rock band that pulls from a pop-folk pool. Originally a duo, founding members Tim Wilson (Vocals, Guitar) and Ryan Carbary (Guitar, Vocals) officially doubled when joined by Pete Wilson (Tim’s brother, Bassist and Vocalist) and Tim Kim (Guitar, Vocals) on their second (and most recent) release, Fathers Be Kind.
Since the band’s inception in 2007, a theme of spiritual faith (or the lack there of) and that which is sublime has held strong in their lyrics. The vocally driven sound of Fathers Be Kind has been accompanied by sweet melodies and carefully crafted songwriting, leaving a listener with a peaceful feeling despite the sometimes heavy uncertainty of that which the lyrics express. Today’s Song of the Day, the title track from the new EP, provides a perfect example of how the band, without being preachy, approaches the subject of “belief” and what may come with it.
“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 whiskey and your gun.”
For a visual, check out Ivan & Alyosha’s NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert performance.
- michelle guzman