INTERVIEW: The Novel Ideas

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been well! Or as you say in adult, “busy!”

Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “Old Ways”?

For sure! Old Ways is a song we wrote a while back. We’ve been ending our shows with it for a while too. Almost always where we teach the crowd the words to the chorus and sing it together. We’ve sung with crowds in college basements, cruise ships and parking lots and always makes for a fun way to end the set. We’re happy to finally have a recorded version out in the world. Part of the way we collaborate sometimes is to try and have one of our three vocalists sing another vocalist’s song that they’ve written to see how it changes. Sometimes that’ll influence the way the original vocalist sings it or in the case of “Old Ways,” led to Sarah singing lead instead of Daniel.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

This song was born out of the end of a relationship, not unlike a lot of our songs. But rather than the dwelling that’s possible and easy after you stop spending time with someone you love, I wanted to try and focus on the looking forward. Not necessarily feeling better right away, because you can’t rush that, but trying to remember that soon enough you will feel whole again.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes we’re hoping to soon! Working out a concept currently.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – why name the album after the band?

The band has gone through a few different forms before landing on the lineup and sound you hear on the album. We feel like this album really represents who the band has evolved into over time and wanted the album title to reflect that.

How was the recording and writing process?

We write very collaboratively, a lot of the songs on the album were written by multiple members of the band and are always arranged as a five piece. The tricky part for us is capturing the way we hear the songs in our head while recording. It helps a lot that the folks we worked with on the album shared our vision.

What role does Boston play in your writing?

I think what figures most into our writing from Boston is the music scene here. There are so many great bands from Boston that we’ve gotten to play with, including Darlingside, The Western Den and Honeysuckle to name a few, we always feel really inspired to work on our live set and songwriting after playing together.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The three of us who write for the band are similar in that our writing is borne out of sadness or hardship. I think what we strived for on this album especially is balance and honesty. Sometimes leaning into your sadness can turn into self-righteousness that can feel good, but often won’t lend any objectivity to your perspective.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! Quite hard in fact, playing the Northeast and Midwest in September and then the Midwest / Southwest and West Coast in October and November!

What else is happening next in The Novel Ideas’ world?

Well the big news is finally releasing this album we’ve been working on for two years. It feels good that people will finally hear it, but it’s also pretty dang scary.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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