For the alternative band Black Lab, love lost and found is viewed through a cinematic lens. Like scenes from a movie, songwriter Paul Durham shoots every line like a heartbroken reel. He crafts his words with a poetâ€™s eye, the scenes lit with the radiant light of his yearning, soaring voice.
In 1998, Black Lab was signed to Geffen Records and mesmerized modern-rock radio with the haunting singles â€œWash It Awayâ€ and â€œTime Ago,â€ both Top-40 hits on alternative rock and pop formats. The groupâ€™s intelligent, heartfelt lyrics and wide-screen guitar attack had them compared to U2. Radio programmers hailed the band as the Next Big Thing.
Contributions to soundtracks followed as their moody, passionate vocals and sweeping guitars landed on the soundtracks of Canâ€™t Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, Permanent Midnight, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, on the cusp of world domination, their label went out of business, leaving the bandâ€™s dreams in disarray.
In 2002, Black Lab found themselves on the soundtrack of Spider-Man, opening another chapter for the band -- or at least for Durham, who produced the band's second album, See the Sun, with new guitarist Andy Ellis. Born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, Durham was the mad scientist behind Black Lab from the beginning.
Five years in the making, Passion Leaves a Trace represents the bridge between the first and second albums. from the pitch black of 'this night' to the madness of 'pictures of people' to the obsession of 'mine again,' passion charts the unknown regions of the heart and makes it back alive.
All things Black Lab, including streaming and free downloads from the new and past albums, can be found at www.blacklabworld.com.