for major film and trailer use, or national tv and commercial use of black lab tracks
for student and indie films use, or local/regional and web commercial use, or to browse for commercial cues from our growing catalog
paul durham’s personal page:
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 Blacklabworld.com. 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. http://bhusullivan.com.
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
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.