Chameleon Club Presents...
NEEDTOBREATHE, THE STOMPING GROUND TOUR
Ivan & Alyosha
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
Raised in Possum Kingdom, South Carolina, brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart developed an early enthusiasm for music, learning piano from their mom and moving on to guitar in their teens. As they grew older, the brothers walked different paths – Bear pursued college football, earning several all-time Furman University records and winning the 2002 Banks McFadden trophy, while Bo studied architecture at Clemson (though he too excelled on the gridiron, appearing in a supporting role in the 2003 football drama, Radio).
Despite their respective successes, the Rineharts still dreamt of making music. Bear formed a band during his college years playing coffee houses and later with Bo and Seth Bolt, a childhood friend they became the group known as NEEDTOBREATHE. The band’s expressive songwriting and aggressive regional touring saw an ardent fan base grow in the South East in ever-increasing numbers.
Upon signing to Atlantic in 2005, NEEDTOBREATHE headed to the UK to record their debut album, “DAYLIGHT”, with British Producer Andy Green, which released April 2006.
2007 saw the release of their second album, “THE HEAT”, co-produced by the band with Rick Beato and Collective Soul’s Ed Roland. Where DAYLIGHT was marked by its cerebral, often opaque lyrics, THE HEAT saw NEEDTOBREATHE investing in its music with a truer sense of honesty and real circumstance.
2009 brought “THE OUTSIDERS”, debuting at No. 9 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Charts and scoring a Top 20 slot in Billboard’s Top 200 album. This third album co-produced by the band with Rick Beato, Jim Scott and John Alagia, revealed a greater insight into their feeling of not belonging. Bo Rinehart said “We come from a really small town called Possum Kingdom in South Carolina, and there is not really a music scene there. So we felt a bit out of place when we got signed to a major record deal and we showed up at the offices and there were posters of Led Zeppelin, when that happened we felt like, we’re definitely “country come to town.” And so it took us a little bit of time to really find our place and figure out who we were, and at this point we’ve really come to terms with it and we’ve really embraced it. We’re proud of it, and I think our fans find a lot of similarities in that (story). It’s really become something we wear on our chest now – we’re proud of it. We’re the outsiders.”
Relentless touring continued through 2009 and 2010, including their first tour of Europe. With sold out shows at Chicago’s House of Blues, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and many more, they cemented their reputation as a “must-see” live act.
When the Rinehart brothers set out to write the songs that appear on their fourth album “THE RECKONING”, they felt something bigger awaited them. Bear explains “There was always this creeping reminder that we needed to show what the last ten years on the road had taught us. If we couldn’t do that, everything we had worked for was meaningless.”
Rick Beato joined them in their home studio, now located in Charleston, SC to co-produce over the next seven months. “We never settled. We were looking for a spark. Sometimes in the studio you’ve got to keep searching until something happens that feels magical. We were waiting for that moment to strike on each song before we called this album finished.” Lyrically, all roads lead from the album’s title, which Bear says has several different meanings, one of them being the justification of accounts. “I like the idea that you put in all this work and at some point it comes to a peak -- that’s the reckoning time.”
THE RECKONING debuted September 2011 at No. 6 on Billboard’s Album Charts and No. 1 on iTunes Rock Charts. Headline tours throughout 2012 and 2013 took The Reckoning across North America and the UK, playing iconic festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and the UK’s Hard Rock Calling.
Ivan & Alyosha
There's a scene in Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan, in particular, questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer, some may say, a holy fool.
Talk of faith and exalted things is rare in indie rock today. Enter Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha. Throughout their second release, the five song Fathers Be Kind EP, the band chart their own course between divinity and disbelief.
"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 whisky and your gun."
Ivan & Alyosha began as the solo outlet for Tim Wilson but in spring 2007 the band formed after Tim met Ryan Carbary through a former band mate and mutual friend. Ryan and Tim began playing and recording together and a trip to Los Angeles to work with Eli Thompson (Richard Swift, Delta Spirit) spawned the name Ivan & Alyosha. According to Tim, Thompson is a huge Dostoevsky fan and the name stuck. With that, Wilson and Carbary released The Verse, The Chorus, their debut EP on Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan as Police Woman, The Silver Seas, Teitur). The stand out track "Easy To Love" earned NPR Song of the Day honors as "a propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance."
The name Ivan & Alyosha is apt for a band cutting its teeth. As Ivan in Brothers Karamazov moves through the novel with doubts, Ivan & Alyosha navigate the indie rock world contemplating their path as a band. Tim says he writes songs about what's current in his life. He recently married and had a son. Songs like "Living for Someone" and "Fathers Be Kind," reflect Ivan & Alyosha grappling with the idea of being in a band and trying to fashion a career. Not only to follow their dreams but to earn a livelihood and support their families; a feeling he expresses in the former song, "Expecting our first child / Amid the great recession". Despite the uncertainty, Ivan & Alyosha's soulful folk tunes suggest a band inspired, hopeful and longing; a band unafraid to probe their collective faith and doubts.
Plus, things are different this time around. Tim and Ryan are joined by two others – Tim Kim and Pete Wilson, Tim's brother. The band built a studio in a barn at Ryan's parent's house in Snohomish, 45 minutes outside of Seattle. Snohomish provides an idyllic setting with a charming main street lined by bars and little distraction. Self-recording their upcoming EP allows the guys more time together to create and perfect the new songs. Recently the band spent a week in New York playing gigs at 92Y Tribeca, Maxwell's in Hoboken and Brooklyn's Littlefield. They also took a trip to NPR Headquarters in Washington DC to record an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and opened a run of shows for the Jayhawks' Mark Olson.
In the Brothers Karamazov, when Ivan asks Alyosha to renounce his beliefs, Alyosha refuses. Rather, he kisses Ivan on the lips. Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha are not nihilist indie rockers but a new brand of tender dreamers. And non-believers be damned! God, or no God - these guys are no holy fools. They have their music to prove it.
$26.00 - $31.00