Ford Chastain

Ford Chastain

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

My music is indie rock with a little pop and electronica too. My new EP has been described as "freaky good" by Trent Bell of the Chainsaw Kittens.

Biography

I founded the popular rock band Refuje, which played some great gigs and venues in Oklahoma, like D-fest, the Opolis, the Norman Music Festival, and Opening Night. Refuje was featured many times on radio and TV and were flown out to L.A. last year to audition for the show, the next Great American Band. Only 40 bands from across the country were selected.

My first solo EP, If I Leave, is a collection of indie rock songs. Four of Oklahoma's best musicians joined me on the EP, including Trent Bell of the Chainsaw Kittens (he also produced the CD), Allan Vest of the Starlight Mints, Matt Duckworth of Stardeath and White Dwarfs, and Dave Spindle of the Rounders.

What sets me apart? My songwriting. I'm a prolific songwriter, penning about 50 to 100 songs a year. My songs are catchy and unique, as I'm a big fan of music and have been exposed to a wide range of great artists. My influences include the Beatles (of course), the Kinks, David Bowie, Weezer, Tom Waits, the Strokes, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Granddaddy, ELO, the Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian, Elton John, Iron & Wine, Simon and Garfunkel, etc.

Lyrics

If I Leave

Written By: Ford Chastain

If I leave will you follow me?
How do you want the world to be?
A sea of lonely? Ohh...

I don't think i can stay.
Nothin's been going my way today.
But I think I'm okay.

In Such Things

Written By: Ford Chastain

Why can't our lives turn into things that vanish in the sky?
I once knew a guy who believed
in such things.
Why can't our lives evolve into
what we always wanted them to?
I still know the guy who believes
in such things.
Why can't out tries turn into things that always achieve what they mean?
I once knew a lie that was true
in some things.
Why can't our kites reach tremendous heights where every person
dead or alive could see them?

Such things as this can happen,
yes it can. Ohhh.
In such things,
you can't believe what
everyone tells you.
In such things,
you have to open your eyes
and use them the way
that you're meant to.

Why can't our tears dry from our eyes and evaporate into the skies?
I once knew a guy who believed
in such things.
Why can't our nightmares fall from our heads and suffocate beneath our beds?
I still know the guy who believes
in such things.
Why can't our songs take all the fear from peoples' heads when they all hear I'm the only guy who believes
in such things.

Such things as this can happen,
yes it can. Ohhh.
In such things,
you can't believe what
everyone tells you.
In such things,
you have to open your eyes
and use them the way
that you're meant to.

Differences

Written By: Ford Chastain

Take my picture off the wall,
because it doesn't talk at all for me.
Take my postcards off your desk.
It doesn't mean you tried your best for me.

I burned your letters
in my back yard yesterday,
but I hope you didn't
do the same for me,
'cause I moved on to someone else
and I hoped you did not notice
'cause I have my differences.

Take my kisses off your mind,
you never know what you can find for me.
Take my gifts throw them away,
school's on till the end of May for me.

I burned your letters
in my back yard yesterday,
but I hope you didn't
do the same for me,
'cause I moved on to someone else
and I hope you did not notice
'cause I have my differences.

Everybody's Here

Written By: Ford Chastain

I dreamed that you were there
ans there were places we both would go to when the evening came.
I dreamed we fell in love
and you looked so pretty when
the lights were shining on you.

Come out before us, darling,
nobody’s laughing,
nobody’s laughing,
everybody’s here.

I dreamed the sky was blue
and the clouds wrapped around the sun like nothing ever mattered.
I dreamed I was a happy boy
with a twinkle in my eye
and a sense for any trouble.

Come out before us, darling,
nobody’s laughing,
nobody’s laughing,
everybody’s here.

Everybody says to come home.
We don’t listen.
Everybody’s got to move on,
but they’re all here.

70 is Loneliness

Written By: Ford Chastain

Half known, half not,
my eyes bloodshot,
for fear of failing.
Breathe in, breathe out,
I'm dead, no doubt,
the fear of dreaming.

This is what I go through
to be like you.
Use me, oh darling.
Use me.
Use me, oh darling,
Use me.

Wake up in dread
of your own bed,
you're falling apart.
Do right, do wrong,
these days are so long,
for fear of fading.

This is what I go through
to be like you.
Use me, oh darling.
Use me.
Use me, oh darling,
Use me.

Discography

Ford Chastain - If I Leave EP (6 original songs)
Refuje - Too Many Questions LP (10 original songs)
Refuje - Sightless LP (8 original songs)

Several songs from Too Many Questions received radio play and were streamed. New songs are streaming at my website, ford chastain.com and myspace site, under ford chastain.

Set List

My typical set list is 45 minutes of original songs. I can go shorter or longer if need be. I can also do many covers, mostly from the bands listed in my bio.