The Novel Ideas - Promise

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The Novel Ideas are a folk rock outfit of friends from Massachusetts. After a long winter and spring, the band retreated to a barn in Jaffrey, NH with a car full of instruments and recording equipment and produced nine songs that make up their April 2012 release, “Home.”

The album is steeped in the folk and country music tradition, while also taking a modern approach to songwriting with emphasis on texture and harmony. The band is currently playing shows in the Northeast in support of “Home”.

For more music and info on The Novel Ideas, visit their website:

For our review of their most recent indie-rock effort "Home", visit:


Here we are now in the backyard
On the warm ground out at sundown
But in twelve days I'll be halfway
Cross the world, I'm too tired to be afraid

You've got green eyes, I had foresight
When I said we'd be good I was so right
If we lay here, spend every day here
Well our legs might take root and we'll grow dear

I made a promise to you

I'd protect you if I had to
So the bad parts never get through
From the outside into your life
We can try but we might have some hard nights

Now we can't speak 'neath the pine trees
And I swear that there's air but I can't breathe
I need your heat, I've got cold feet
It's the thought that still makes this so easy

I made a promise to you
That we'd still feel brand new
That we'd still feel something

She's not too fond of history
Hearing loud of abrasive speech
She's unique in the way she eats oh yeah she loves me
Why she does hell I cannot say
I can't seem to stay in one place
Always gone and I'm far away from the smile on her face

Was it something that I couldn't say?
Fast enough to get away
And though I tried to make a clean escape
You left me with an even break

And i think I saw myself in you
But I think you saw a proper fool
And I know we broke every rule
With everything we didn't do

I'll remember every day
If you remember every dumb mistake
That you made cause you were late
But its my fault I made you wait

In this city I cant speak
Well you know this place is killing me
And it's harder to believe
But it's hard enough to watch you leave


from Best of Bandcamp's Best - Vol. 2, released October 25, 2012
For lyrics visit:
released 26 April 2012
Daniel Radin - Vocals/Guitars/Drums Etc
Danny Hoshino - Vocals/Guitars/Pedal Steel Etc
Marina Evans - Vocals
James Parkington - Backup Vocals
Ezra Weller - Trumpet
Will Radin - Drums On #3, 4, 8
Sarah Grella - Backup Vocals On #7

Mixing And Mastering
By Will And Daniel Radin At Lil’ Willy Studios
Recorded By Daniel Radin In Jaffrey, NH

Music And Lyrics For 1,3,5,7,8,10
By Daniel Radin (© D. Radin 2012)
Music And Lyrics For 2,4,6,9
By Daniel Hoshino (© D. Hoshino, 2012)

Photos And Art Layout
By Daniel Radin, Will Radin
And Victoria Krinsky

Many Thanks To:
Amy & Bob Radin, The Hoshino Family, The Parkington Family, Alex Caplow, Will Radin, Ben Truppin-Brown, Our Neighbors In Jaffrey, NH, Myron Zajack, The Boston College Music Department, Carl Dimow, Yael Shabani, Will Morningstar, Jamie Eblen, Zack Ezor And Everyone Who Contributed On Kickstarter



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