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sadly, we currently have no touring plans. however, we do occasional solo- and duo-acoustic performances, so please keep an eye out on the home page & facebook. we are also open to offers that allow us to put a band together, rehearse and travel to play shows.


Singer/guitarist Paul Durham started the San Francisco alt.pop.rock band Black Lab in 1997 and released its critically acclaimed debut Your Body Above Me on Geffen Records. Following a national tour, two charting singles (‘Wash it Away’ and ‘Time Ago’), hot MTV action and way too many trashed hotel rooms, the band split up.

After signing with Epic Records in 2000, Durham started a new chapter of Black Lab with LA guitarist/programmer Andy Ellis. The band’s second album, See the Sun, featured ‘Learn to Crawl’ from Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man soundtrack.

After leaving Epic, the band established a strong web presence with More music followed including Passion Leaves a Trace, Technologie, Give Us Sugar, Two Strangers, Black Lab unplugged, A Raven Has My Heart, and a new collection of Instrumentals.

The band has had much success leveraging its independent status through social media campaigns (“Bumrush the Charts”), YouTube stunts (the “Transformers” cover), and a wildly successful Kickstarter — all through the dedication and long-term commitment of its fans.

Songs by the band litter film, TV and commercials, including tracks for “House M.D.,” Blade: Trinity, Honda, “Pretty Little Liars,” Can’t Hardly Wait, Varsity Blues, McDonalds, Permanent Midnight, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” and FX’s season six promo for “The Shield.”

Paul continues to play live solo acoustic in the US and Europe, while Andy mixes records, and the two get out together as often as possible. A new album is underway.


directed by bhu sullivan.


  • Instrumentals_chill

  • Live at Mercury Lounge

  • A Raven Has My Heart

  • Best of the MP3 of the Month Club

  • Two Strangers

  • Unplugged

  • Give Us Sugar: b-sides

  • Passion Leaves a Trace

  • Technologie

  • See The Sun

  • Your Body Above Me

  • Stray Palace EPs

  • Paul Solo: 10M Years

blacklab scrapbook

welcome to the monthly Black Lab Scrapbook. Black Lab has seen a lot through out the years and we thought it would be fun to dig through all the old photos, scraps and archives and share them with you. while making fun of Paul's make up, of course. hope you enjoy them! the latest one is displayed here, you can scroll through and download higher resolution versions from the side column

November 27th, 2009

Tiia put these together from various images she found in a box (above: polaroid tests of the band’s 1998 photo shoot, weird clipping of guy with elk horns for wings, lyrics from ybam, and a beautiful piece of marketing history: “Time heals all playlists,” from a Geffen trade ad promoting the ‘time ago’ drop date, back in the day when there were such thing as radio trade magazines. adorable).

above: flyers from my pre-black lab acoustic-based band (featured on “10 Million Years”). hotel utah was the first place I ever played in San Francisco. an excellent little dive. note the “returned for better address” stamp; even back then I was a very details-oriented. cassettes rule!

above: official geffen flyer from the first album & tour, red flyer for the Red Devil Lounge acoustic show in SF, promo pic (note Brian’s face — he woke up the morning of the photo shoot with that syndrome where half of your face goes completely slack, like some kind of mini-stroke. we gave him a lot of shit for it while hoping it wasn’t permanent. it wasn’t). stripper mascot for the black lab RV segment of the tour. not sure where we got this polaroid — whether it was given to us (probably Michael) or we pilfered it, but this girl was taped to the front headboard of our RV for nearly a year, boldly leading us into the unknown, giving us succor and sanctuary when we most needed it. also, nice black stationary someone made us for some event I can’t remember.

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27 Responses to “Time heals all playlists”

  1. Lillia

    My computer now has a new background, Thanks!

    December 11th, 2009 at 12:48 pm
  2. Ian

    Sweet wallpapers good call, I still want you to put all your music vids on a DVD to go with ya next CD.
    P.S Hey Lillia not said hello in a while

    December 13th, 2009 at 3:06 pm
  3. josh

    I have that Geffen glossy 8 by 10 signed by you guys. You signed it in Reno, NV after the show at Del Mar Station.

    December 16th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
  4. Fredrik

    Where’s my wallpaper? :p

    January 20th, 2010 at 5:26 am
  5. Greg

    You guys are the perfect band to drive to. I remember buying “Your Body Above Me” on cassette (!) a long ‘time ago’. Glad you guys are still around 😉

    January 20th, 2010 at 8:25 pm
  6. Christopher

    I sure hope you come through Spokane, WA someday. I love your music. It might be the only music my eldest son and i agree on.

    June 22nd, 2010 at 1:29 am
  7. Amy Burton

    My husband Mike grew up with Paul and he introduced me to your music last night. LOVE IT!!!!! I actually remember Long Ago! Classic! How exciting Mike was a childhood friend. Keep on keeping on and hopefully one day you may play close to Twin Falls. Just love your music!!!!

    September 18th, 2010 at 9:44 am
  8. Duncan Wigley

    I saw you guys play about 10 years ago in Hollywood and bought your album. Then I got the others recently. Are you guys planning on playing in Hollywood soon???

    Thank You

    September 20th, 2010 at 11:17 pm
  9. Lillia

    Hey Ian! Long time no see! good to see that your taste in music is excellent still 🙂

    September 28th, 2010 at 2:04 pm
  10. Dan

    Quick question: Could you tell me when the new Stray Palace song “Go” will be up on Itunes. I want to send it as an Itunes “gift” to someone, as it is one of my favorites. Thanks a lot for any info you can give me!

    April 4th, 2011 at 1:35 pm
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  14. Stephane

    Hi Paul !
    I didn’t get the survey !

    March 19th, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  15. brian

    Hi will you ship CD purchases to the UK?

    April 22nd, 2014 at 10:49 am
  16. andrzej klimczok

    I didn’t receive my CD (Kickstarter campaign).
    Should I still wait, or was I forgotten?

    Best regards,

    May 16th, 2014 at 11:00 pm
  17. Ian

    I think we may need to reform the Black Lab Army, we’re literally going years between speaking. I’ve had a lot going on but things should be settled now, I hope to be back on here again. Lilla I will never move away from Black Lab they are in the blood that runs through my veins. Good to see you’re still around.

    July 9th, 2014 at 3:45 am
  18. Kyle

    I’ve been hunting for Two Strangers and Passion Leaves a Trace on vinyl record. Does anyone know if these exist? If so where can I find them, I collect vinyl and I’m trying to find some of my more current favorite bands.

    July 20th, 2014 at 9:40 am
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  20. kevin oflaherty

    hi I’m Kevin from London I’ve most of your cds online from various places,all superb deserve to be heard by a much larger audience.

    September 27th, 2015 at 12:26 pm
  21. kevin

    This Night.Amazing song.
    It don’t get no better than that.

    September 29th, 2015 at 12:51 pm
  22. Stefan

    Hi blacklabworld,

    I just heared “This Road” on Banshee – awesome!

    There is no possibility where i can buy this track, i read, it was a free download of the month song.

    So, could you please send me this track as an attachment to my e-mail-adress?

    That would be very great!

    Best from Germany

    October 29th, 2015 at 9:35 am
  23. William Lasley

    Within the last 3 weeks I have purchased all of your music from online. I listen constantly and recommend you daily to others. I would love to see you in person one day. Thank you for gifting us with your talents!!

    August 2nd, 2016 at 8:56 pm
  24. Victor

    Song stuck in my head this morning. So glad I found the band again. Would love to see a Black Lab tour on the horizon!

    August 14th, 2016 at 6:35 am
  25. Justin

    I’ve had “Down to the River” stuck in my head all day. Went with the obvious solution and listened to A New World five or so more times (that’s about the average since I got my hands on it, it’s been helping get me through finals).

    Thank you for the years of music, hope to some day manage to catch you live 🙂

    December 3rd, 2016 at 7:25 pm
  26. Willyg A.K.A. William Lasley

    I’ve been listening to A New World daily and it is getting better, like the others, every single time I listen. Love what you have done once again by intertwining the words with sincere emotion. I lost my father this November and this CD arrived just in time to help lift my spirits and help me deal. Thank you Paul & Andy, for the music and for the DVD you threw in. It was indeed glorious to see you both in action at the Mercury Lounge. Your music makes a difference, thanks again.

    December 9th, 2016 at 4:46 pm
  27. a returning fan

    The live stuff (just rediscovered your music) – oh my damn goodness. Latest album – enjoying as well. Hoping to see a live gig.

    It’s aging well – like a very good cab (wine folks).

    Seriously – really amazingly good.

    Been listening over and over again for about two weeks now. Big ole’ wow.

    April 28th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

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