In a year which has seen the band play more than 150 shows, Ivan & Alyosha will hit the road again next week touring across the Rockies into the Midwest with performances at the Pygmalion and Midpoint Music Festivals, highlighted by a hometown show at Seattle's Columbia City Theatre. I&A will be paired with The Watson Twins for several of these gigs.
The band will perform songs from their first two EPs as well as tracks from their upcoming debut album, scheduled for an early 2012 release; they recently spent time in the studio working on material for their full-length debut album with producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids).
The band's current release, Fathers Be Kind just showed up on Amazon's Best Music of 2011 Thus Far, with that EP's "I Was Born to Love Her" ranked at #4 on their Songs You May Have Missed round-up. This echoed the earlier inclusion of Fathers on NPR's Best of the Year (So Far) list.
Sneak previews of new Ivan & Alyosha songs can be heard right now. They recently debuted an acoustic demo for the song "Don't Wanna Die Anymore," showcasing "catchy choruses and stunning vocal harmonies reminiscent of early Fleet Foxes" (Paste Magazine). A download of the song can be found HERE. The boys also stopped by Seattle's KEXP studios to perform live on air for their hometown station. Take a listen at the link below, and get a sneak preview of the new song "God or Man". http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2011/07/21/live-video-ivan-alyosha/
Since the release of Fathers Be Kind in February, the band have gained recognition from American Songwriter, Alarm, and Brooklyn Vegan, have been featured as a band "On The Verge" in Relix Magazine, have recorded sessions for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Daytrotter and IFC at SXSW.
"Think of a literary-minded cross between Local Natives and Fleet Foxes" - FILTER
Upcoming Tour Dates:
19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
20 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
21 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway w/ The Watson Twins
23 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
24 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
26 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theatre