The Small Square

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Recorded in an ages-old barn in rural Wisconsin, an inner city apartment in Osaka, Japan and points in-between. This self-titled debut from Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet) and John L. Richardson (Tommy Keene, Gin Blossoms, Joey Molland/Badfinger) is a slice of pure, bittersweet pop.

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released January 15, 2016

Created by Paul Chastain and John Louis Richardson with:
Joey Molland (Badfinger),Adam Ollendorff (Will Hoge, Carrie Underwood)
Brad Rice (Son Volt, Ryan Adams),Dennis Taylor (Matthew Sweet, The Records),R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn, Liz Phair)
COMPLETE CREDITS
1. So Low (Chastain/Richardson)
John: drum kits/tambourine; Paul: instruments/singing
2. Dream Faker (Open Your Heart) (Chastain/Underhill/Richardson)
John: drums; Paul: instruments/singing
3. SML (Chastain/Richardson)
John: drums; Paul: instruments/singing
4. Enough To Know (Chastain/Richardson/Vincent)
John: drums/shaker; Paul: acoustic guitars/piano/singing; R.Walt Vincent: bass/harmonium
Walt recorded himself and mixed this song at Spring Street Sound, Los Angeles
5. After The Tears (Chastain/Richardson)
John: drum kits; Paul: piano/bass/acoustic guitar/singing; Dennis Taylor: electric guitars; Adam Ollendorff: lap steel
Dennis and Adam self-recorded in Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively
6. Otherwhile (Chastain/Richardson)
John: drums/tambourine; Paul: guitars/bass/singing; Joey Molland: end lead guitar (left)
Drums recorded at Brother Phil’s, Normal, IL
7. Five Nine Song (Chastain/Chastain (Hatsuyuki)/Richardson)
John: drums; Paul: guitars/bass/singing
Electric guitars recorded by J.Caleb Means at Boombox, Champaign, IL
8. Kimi To Boku No Aida (Richardson/Chastain)
John: drums/organ/tambourine; Paul: instruments/singing
9. Wild Chump (Chastain/Richardson/Rice)
John: drums/percussion; Paul: singing/bass/annoying guitar bits/key-boards; Brad Rice: guitars
10. Wrong (Chastain/Richardson)
John: drums/backing vocals/percussion; Paul: instruments/singing
11. The Trip (Richardson/Chastain)
John: drum kit/keyboard/backing vocals/percussion; Paul: singing/
8 string bass/Fender Rhodes/keyboards; Joey Molland: guitars
Drums recorded by Jonathan Pines at Private, Urbana, IL
Mixed by Jonathan, Paul & John at Private

Recorded & Mixed at Jyu-Yon Kai, Osaka, Japan; Drum Farm Studio,
Menomonie, WI and Healey House, Champaign, IL by Paul and John except as noted.
Mastered by Adam Schmitt at The Schmitt Factory, Champaign, IL

All songs published by Lincoln’s Mood Ring Music (BMI)/Drum Farm Music (ASCAP) except; Dream Faker by Lincoln’s Mood Ring/Drum Farm Music/Honey Bunches of Notes (BMI) and Enough To Know by Lincoln’s Mood Ring/Drum Farm Music/Seymour Green Music (ASCAP)
Insert photos by JC Twisted; Sleeve image/package design by Paul
Sleeve printed at Edobori Printing, Osaka, Japan

copyright 2015 The Small Square
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New project from Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush, Matthew Sweet) & John Richardson (Tommy Keene, Gin Blossoms, Badfinger)

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Track Name: So Low
you travel so low
through the blue underground
you come and you go
remain within and without
while I am already gone now

you take the slow road
to get where you once belonged
in from the unknown
but we have already gone
I am already gone now
I was there and gone

when you faded from the sun
burned and out of luck since you can’t remember when
downed by every love
asking everyone “could this really be the end?”
for you and your only friend

you held us so low
you do not know who we are
you come and you go
but we have already gone
and I am already gone now
I was already gone

when you faded from the sun
downed and out of luck since you can’t remember when
burned by every love
asking everyone “could this really be the end?”
for you and your only friend

when you faded in the sun
burned and out of luck since you can’t remember when
downed by every love and telling everyone again
you slide behind the sun
knowing all you’ve done could really mean the end
for you and your only friend
Track Name: Dream Faker (Open Your Heart)
I tried to open up your heart
but I couldn’t find it
up on a shelf inside a jar
as you lay down beside it
and pretend not to hide
but all the times denied
I wondered who you are

as I am looking further in
floating through your disguises
until the game is wearing thin
or you run out of surprises
I pretend not to notice
so instead I’m holding on
to this feeling that I need
I need to know what you are

you know me so show me
the secret key to open your heart
you know it’s true but don’t show it
and you have been an enigma to me from the start

I would tell you things have changed
but I never know how
I strike a match, ignite a flame
just to see you explode now
by now you should have discovered
there couldn’t be any other one but you to blame

you know me, so show me
the secret key to open your heart
you know it but don’t show it
you’ve been an enigma to me from the start
I can’t get through till you fall apart

to know you, to show you
the secret key to open your heart
you know me now so show me how
to find a way to open your heart
you know it but don’t show it
the secret key to open your heart
you know it’s true but don’t show it
and you have been an enigma to me from the start
Track Name: SML
will you walk with me off into the heather
can I stay with you on your mountainside
could you save my life

would you follow me up into the ether
will you keep your name always next to mine
will you save my life
save my life
save me

will you save my life
save my life
will you save my life
Track Name: Enough To Know
straight for the day
the money’s done again
in time you find you can pay as you go
once you’re gone long enough
enough to know

lightless parade
cut off at the source
you’re too far inside to collide with your own
when you fall far enough
enough to know

wandering free from the borderline
shadowed and far from us now
reload this scene
it has grown so old

traded away
keeping it unreal
lies for a lie then you’re stranger than shown
once you go far enough
enough to know

the distance between and the sleepless nights
shadowed, half forgotten now
ghosted like it’s over
it is not quite so
but close enough
Track Name: After The Tears
take a little time before you close another door
and tell me that you can remember what you’re fighting for
if you take a little time and slowly try again to feel
it won’t be long

there’s always so much more to do
then we break down
and resolve to carry on
you’re always tangled up in blue
when you should be
lost in a song

take a little time before you close another door
and tell me that you can remember what you’re fighting for
if you take a little time and slowly try again to feel
it won’t be long before you know this is for real

the world it pulls us at the seems
to tear us apart
at what cost over the years
but we can gather up our dreams
and make a new start
after the tears

now there’s a cold rain falling
don’t let it drive your hope away
why don’t you stay

and take a little time before you close another door
and tell me that you can remember what you’re fighting for
if you take a little time and slowly try again to feel
it won’t be long before you know this is for real

please don’t wait too long

take a little time before you close another door
and tell me that you can remember what you’re fighting for
if you take a little time and slowly try again to feel
it won’t be long before you know this is for real

if you take a little time and slowly try again to feel
it won’t be long before you know this is for real
it won’t be long before you know I am for real
Track Name: Otherwhile
you split the night in stereo
you take your turn at turning it on
you slip the strand you’re looking through
you tip your hand and head from the bar
traded gold for umber
makes me wonder when you

leave me otherwhile
from another time and place
in the otherwhile away

you know when no one’s watching you
you work the room like some fallen star
I’ve got no place I’m running to
I sit it out and watch from afar
lose you over under
makes me wonder where you

you split the night in stereo
you take your turn at turning us on
I lose you over under
makes me wonder why you

leave me otherwhile
from another time and place
in the otherwhile away
Track Name: Five Nine Song
we walked in star shine at the top of the world
1000 wan lights at the top of the world

how about one more before we go
there’s a song that we both know
you can change it all around

empty and golden, other side of the world
older and colder, other side of the world

how about one more before I go
there’s a song that we both know
you will change it all around

we’re going to go the long way
I love you too much you said
I know you don’t feel right even as I’m holding on so tight
we’ll take the day and when you're weary I will bring you home
I’ll take you home

how about one more before we go
with a song that we both know
you will never be alone
now you have changed it all around
Track Name: Kimi To Boku No Aida
since you’re away, I can’t explain
the sun went out
and now that you’ve gone
an absence like the sun burned out

picked up the phone forgetting that the day was night
wanted to say that even though we’ve lost some light
you will open your eyes, appear before mine
and we’ll steal back our time

with only a sea between us
you’re only a dream away
we’re watching the same stars at night

with only a sea between us
I’m only a dream away
we’re tracking the same stars tonight, under the same sky
we follow the same fading light
Track Name: Wild Chump
after time has told you and run out
when you’re finest hour can’t be found
every minute makes you wait
so you stop
for a while

every word may leave you high and dry
or at best a temporary smile
when there’s nothing left inside
you can stop
for a while
and radiate

so you stop
for a while
and radiate

stop
for a while
and radiate
radiate
Track Name: Wrong
I’ve tried to remember what this is better than
if I knew now what I knew then
and if I’m not what I thought all along
I must be wrong
I must be wrong
I must be wrong

it’s easy to imagine how it could come to this
I’ve traced a path to nowhere
then I forgot what I thought all along
I must be wrong
I must be wrong
I must be wrong

I should’ve taken care
I hear what I want to
I could have been high instead of down here

it’s hard to remember if I was better then
and how I got so far from where I thought
I must be wrong
I must be wrong
I must be wrong
oh so wrong
Track Name: The Trip
I know it’s not your fault
the time was here, the trip was underway

you called us home , the ghost moon waned
October rose in frozen rain again
you couldn’t stay to say goodnight
you couldn’t stay to say goodnight tonight

you leave us silent in your wake
living from reflections
I travel empty spaces and the traces of you there

I see you now, I hear you
I feel you near
I see you now, I hear you
I feel you near
I see you now, I feel you near
why can’t I touch you