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There seems to be a mixed batch of recipes used in creating a great folk-pop song, but there are certainly a few vital ingredients shared by each and every success. We're convinced that Seattle foursome Ivan & Alyosha has assembled a near-perfect blend of these elements, in addition to a few new touches of their own. Their debut full length, All the Times We Had, was released this past February, and it is saturated folky rhythms, hooking group melodies, as well as a heavy hand of rock electricity. Songs like "Running for Cover" satisfy the folk tastes we've come to crave, while tunes like "Who Are You" permeate the world of riffy rock.

While down in Austin, Ivan & Alyosha were the only group we saw twice, and for good reason. Their performance at our Launch Pad Series was one not to be missed.

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Seattle, Washington.
Thanks for coming early to see us.
I want to be the man Who gives you all the presents
Underneath your Christmas Tree Well, they're all from me
And I want to be the boy Who'll run and tell his baby
Every time he skins his knee Or breaks his toy
Yes, I want to be your boy Be your boy, be your boy
I want to be your boy Be your boy, be your boy
- 5, 6, 7, 8! I want to be the man Who understands his woman
And you know she'd do right by me Do you understand?
And I want to be the boy Who gets you all
The pretty little things In your magazines
Oh, it's such a joy Yes, I want to be your boy
Be your boy, be your boy I want to be your boy
Be your boy, be your boy
I want to be the man Who understands his woman
And you know she'd do right by me Do you understand?
Yes, I want to be your man Be your man, be your man
I want to be your man Be your man, be your man
I want to be your man Be your man, be your man
I want to be your man Be your man, be your man
Oh, oh, oh Oh, oh, oh
Ah, ah, ah, ah Ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, ah Ah, ah, ah
- Thanks very much.
Everybody get a Red Bull.
Everybody waking up.
Aah, aah, aah, aah Aah, aah, aah, aah
Fathers be kind to your children You know it matters what you tell them
Got to feel for them Well, go ahead and steal for them
Brothers be good to your sisters And lovers leave behind your mistress
Hope is coming soon Take a pen and paper
And write that tune Well, you know that the light
At the end of the tunnel is dim Don't answer to the mediocre lives
That have gone ahead
Captains be kind to your kings If they do you harm, don't say anything
Love will find a way Clarity will come on Judgment Day
Dreamers spend some time awake Open your eyes
Please don't forsake what's in front of you
Forgetting your portrait all too soon Well, you know
That the light at the end of the tunnel is dim
Don't answer to the mediocre lives That have gone ahead
Paving the way for the innocent to crumble
It's our children's children And those who have yet to belong
Yeah, yeah, the light at the end of the tunnel is dim
Don't answer to the mediocre lives That have gone ahead
Paving the way for the innocent to crumble
It's our children's children And those who have yet to belong
Ah, ah, ah, ah Ah, ah, ah, ah
Woah, aah, aah, aah, aah Woah, ooh, aah, aah
When the sky turns black And we know it will from time to time
Yeah, we've been through that And we came out on top because
You're really easy to love You're really easy to love
Yes, I know you're good And you know I try most of the time
Yeah, we've been through that And we came out on top because
You're really easy to love You're really easy to love
When I can't take it My heart is aching
You're really easy to love
When the sky turns black Oooh
Yes, we know it will from time to time Yeah, we've been through that
And we came out on top because You're really easy to love
You're really easy to love When I can't take it
My heart is aching You're really easy to love
- This is water.
It looks like Vodka.
It's water.
This one's called "The Fold.
" All the years That you have wasted
Now you want 'em all back Long ago you stopped counting
Because you couldn't keep track You were faced with a future
That was bright as the sun But the pressure, it was melting
You decided to run Don't you fold
When the mountain is high When the river is wide
Don't you fold When you're out of your mind
Yeah, when you're walking the line An oasis in the desert
Where the waters run clear And the only way to see it
Is to believe that it's there Well, we always fight our battles
No matter where you came So be done with your excuses
You're the only one to blame Don't you fold
When the mountain is high When the river is wide
Don't you fold When you're out of your mind
Yeah, when you're walking the line And all this time
I was living a lie I was lost and petrified
But I know that things Could change in time
All the years dreams can buy Between the heart and the mind
Don't you fold When the mountain is high
When the river runs dry Don't you fold
When you're out of your mind Yeah, when you're walking the line
Don't you fold When the mountain is high
When the river is wide Don't you fold
When you're out of your mind, Yeah, when you're walking the line
Don't you fold Don't you fold
- Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I had to find Some peace of mind
Well, I've been running around My head in the clouds
And then one day She passed my way
Now I've got something to say I can't articulate, no
Falling for love Well, it was easy to do
When it was me and when it was you I said I wanted love
I'm never giving it back My heart, my mind
Through space and time Now I'm a little confused
You said, "Boy, what's new?" I understand the words you say
But at the end of the day Your ways are not my ways
Oh, falling for love Well, it was easy to do
When it was me and when it was you I said I wanted love
I'm never giving it back Oh, now there was a time
I never knew Trading a lie in for the truth
I said I wanted love I'm never giving it back to you
And when you fight You'd better hold on, hold on tight
And when you fight, you'd better Treat them, treat them right
Falling for love Well, it was easy to do
When it was me and when it was you I said I wanted love
I'm never giving it back Oh, now there was a time
I never knew Yeah, trading a lie in for the truth
I said I wanted love I'm never giving it back to you
- Yeah! I'm going to shed some clothing here.
Hope you guys are having a great time.
We sure are.
Wow, what's going on here? This one's called "Who Are You.
" Behind those innocent eyes Underneath that smile
Do you tell the truth? Is it one big lie?
Well, I wish you well but I cannot tell Oh no, no
Just who are you when no one is around? And you paint your face
And you change your hand Tell me what happened to you
Such a long time ago And all your friends
Well, they have no clue Do you?
Just who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around?
Who are you when no one is around?
No one in this world could bring you down
Who are you when no one is around? Couldn't love anyone else
'Til you get over yourself You're burning every bridge
You're taking more than you give And you wear your mask
Can't forget the past Who are you when no one is around?
Who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around?
Well, no one in this world could bring you down
From wherever you are Oh, let every man see
Exactly you are You won't fail to believe
Let them eat you up And spit you out
If they could see you From the inside out
Who are you when no one is around? Who are you when no one is around?
Well, no one in this world could bring you down
Who are you when no one is around?
If I could wake my crooked heart If I was there right from the start
To feel what it was like To be turned on
If you could fight the battle and win To miss the mark correct within
If your wish came true Your dreams made real
Running for cover Running to hide
If I could be a wiser man To rest my head and trust the plan
And fighting like a child To get my way
If I could see the garden place Before the fall
Would things have changed? I wasn't there and neither were you
But I take the blame As you should too, my friend
Now we're running for cover Running to hide
Yeah, we're running for cover Running to hide
We've been trying with each other To unravel the age-old story
But I'm starting to think That there's a reason
We don't understand.
And it's easy to blame someone else
For my wants and my worries, But I know, I accept
That it's just a part of who I am.
Now we're running for cover
Running to hide And you say it's not my problem
Out of sight, out of mind.
Yeah, we're running for cover
Running afraid As we war with one another
Of the mess that we've made Running for cover
Running to hide Yeah, we're running for cover
Running to hide
- Good night! Good morning! Whatever.
We're Ivan and Alyosha.

Artist Bio

Ivan & Alyosha is a folk-pop, indie, rock band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 2007 with the current members, Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary. They were later joined by Pete Wilson and Tim Kim.

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