Passion Leaves a Trace

by Black Lab

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paul durham and black lab announce the release of their third album, featuring ‘this night’ from house md‘s march 14, 2011 episode and the shield‘s season 6 trailer.five years in the making, passion leaves a trace finds the band returning to the experimental roots of their critically acclaimed geffen debut, your body above me. passion bristles with deeply personal epics, carved out of driving rock and lush electronics.

using the incandescent riffs and soaring vocals that hooked fans in the first place, passion mixes walls of guitar with unexpected moments of synthesizer, breakbeat, & emotional breakdown. the majesty of ‘mine again,’ the jet-black remorse of ‘this night,’ the loss of ‘weightless,’ the driving blast of ‘the real you,’ the ache of ‘ghost in your mind,’ the schizophrenia of ‘pictures of people,’ and the slow trip of ‘the window’ – all come together in this portrait of total obsession.

tracks from this self-produced album can be heard on FX’s promo for season 6 of “ the shield,” in CBS’s “numb3rs,” “ABC’s “ 6 degrees,” and films the benchwarmers & lovewrecked.

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released July 18, 2007

paul durham: songs, vocals, guitars, keys, programming, percussion
andy ellis: songs, guitars, keys, programming
brian paturalski: songs, guitars, keys, programming
isaac carpenter: drums
matt chamberlain: drums

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Black Lab Los Angeles, California

Paul Durham started the alt.pop.rock band Black Lab in 1997 and released its critically acclaimed debut on Geffen Records. Following a national tour and two charting singles, the band signed with Epic Records in 2000. Songs by the band litter film, TV and commercials, including Spider-Man, “House M.D.", “Pretty Little Liars,” Can’t Hardly Wait, Permanent Midnight, “Buffy,” and “The Shield.” ... more

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Track Name: Mine Again
mine again. there’s a place I used to go. there’s a world I used to know. there was a light and it was you. every word I say is true. I say every day I will wait till you’re mine again. I will die every day till you’re mine again. there’s no words to explain no beginning and no end. I will dream I will pray you’ll be mine again. I can see you dressed in red all the secret things you said lying barefoot in the grass now my heart is in your hands. it’s just time that runs between us. it’s the ocean underneath us. it’s the picture that won’t fade away.
Track Name: Ghost in Your Mind
ghost in your mind. on a bus in a dream I could see you. you were beautiful. a girl in a dress I could see through. and the colors that surround you like neon on the avenue the people all around you were dust in my eyes. and I wanted to believe you the lies that I could see through but I never got between you and the ghost in your mind yeah the ghost in your mind. it’s there in your eyes there in your voice but you’re far away. it’s there in your eyes there on your face but you’re far away. far away. on a day like today I remember how beautiful you could be to me. and the colors that surround you like a prince had come and found you picked you up and crowned you in the land of the blind. and I wanted to believe you the lies I could see through but I never got between you and the ghost in your mind yeah the ghost in your mind.
Track Name: The Real You
the real you. let me stay a little while. I’ll be gone girl before the sun can rise. I know you’re scared. I know your father’s mad. I know they’re saying in the end I’ll make you sad. but I won’t give up and I don’t mind waiting I can wait another day. no I won’t give up and I don’t mind watching but I can’t walk away. cause I lost my shadow lost my heart. broke my back and crashed my car and I know that I’ve got one last chance to show you the real you. so will you say a little while. everything is easy when you let me see you smile. and I’ll go down before it’s through. there’s nothing secret that I wouldn’t do for you.
Track Name: This Night
this night. there are things I have done. there’s a place I have gone. there’s a beast and I let it run now it’s running my way. there are things I regret that you can’t forgive you can’t forget. there’s a gift that you sent you sent it my way. so take this night and wrap it around me like a sheet. I know I’m not forgiven but I need a place to sleep. so take this night and lay me down on the street. I know I’m not forgiven but I hope that I’ll be given some sleep. there’s a game that I played. there are rules I had to break. there’s mistakes that I made but I made them my way.
Track Name: Gone
gone. I don’t think with my head. but there’s a couple things to say that should be said. number one, loving you was fun. I’m sorry if I hurt you. number two goes like this. if you listen close you can feel my kiss. cause I’m gone. I’m gone. you know it you know by now. that I’m gone. I’m gone. you know by now that I’m gone. I don’t give. I don’t take. I don’t talk to you. I don’t tell you what I feel. as if i feel. do you understand? I’m hollow and i’m gone.
Track Name: A Day Alone
a day alone. and the light inside of all your favorite songs turns the whole world on. it’s what we want. and it shines. oh it shines. it’s what I found in you. I hope you feel it too ‘cause without you I’d be lost. give a little of what could make you free (a day alone is wasted time for me). give a little of what you want to be (a day alone is wasted time for me). give a little love and you will see (a day alone is wasted time). I’m waiting here for you. you know what to do. and the sight of your smile turns me inside out. it just breaks me down. I make no sound and I remember why I shouldn’t trust my mind. it’s just a waste of time ‘cause without you I am lost
Track Name: Weightless
weightless. I can see, see you there hanging weightless in the air wind and sunlight in your hair. I can see you there. your olive skin your secret smile betrayed again a secret island in your mind lost forever lost before your time. who is to say who is to know the truth? when no one is left and nothing they said can save you. who is to say who is to blame and who will you give yourself to? when nobody wants more than I want you. broken glass a bleeding wrist a second chance for a simple kiss. I waited for you at the edge. could you take such a risk? on your knees on your back who’d you call when things got bad? did they answer? did you ask? ‘cause I would answer I would tell you this.
Track Name: Pictures of People
pictures of people. well nothing gets done. and everyone’s tired. yeah but everything’s fine. everything comes in it’s own good time. pictures of people in magazines. I think they’re trying to tell me something. pictures of people I’ve never met living inside my tv set. and my heart gets so full driving around this town. feel like dr. zhivago lost in chicago. these pictures of people never alone or confused just looking for something left at the side of the road. these pictures of people I never talk to. I wanna say ‘I’m pleased to meet you.’ these pictures of people I could believe in if there was a way I could touch and feel them. and I’ll never see the same again. no I’ll never see the same again. and everything gets quiet. I need help to remember. and I feel no regret for the kindness of strangers come down through the airwaves. never alone or afraid just searching for something left at the side of the road. pictures of people. people around me never run out of things to tell me. these pictures of people here in my mind. I carry them with me all of the time. and I’ll never see the same again. what’s left of you my friend. how can I miss you? I’ve never met you. pictures of people.
Track Name: Broken Heart
broken heart. she looks good with a broken heart. she makes an easy mark. yeah, I hate to be rough I like her so much I don’t know where to start. she looks good with her eyes red. it matches her long red dress. I like the way that she walks the way that she talks no matter what she says. yeah you know I know my sugar there’s no one sweeter than you. and you know I know my sugar that no one else ever will do. she knows I need it but I’ve had enough for now she looks good with a broken heart. I’d like to see you fly up in the brooklyn sky. so don’t slit your wrist don’t jump off a bridge it’s gonna be alright. but if you bring your love around don’t bring me down. I like your face it’s such a waste when you wear that frown.
Track Name: Sun and Moon
sun & moon. stand outside in the falling rain. I’m here again and I’ll never let you down. hold myself to the rising flame. I will rise again and I’ll never let you down. I set myself on fire against the falling night. set myself on fire so I could see the light. if I stand out in the open I can find my way and I’m hoping you can stay the night into the day. you are the sun you are the moon and I’ll never let you down. you are the sun you are the moon and I’ll never let you down. girls get lost in the falling dark but I hit my mark and I’ll never let you down. girls get lost but I found the road and I’m not alone. I’ll never let you down. well I set myself on fire against the fading light. I set myself on fire so I could beat the night. If I stand out in the open I can find my way and I’m hoping you can stay the night into the day.
Track Name: Good
good. so tonight’s your big night and someone’s here to meet. when you hit that spotlight let the world rise up to greet you. we’re gonna take their heads you’re gonna turn them sideways. gonna take their heads gonna hit that highway. cause it’s not enough to feel without feeling good yeah it’s good good good come on baby come on. yeah it’s all good good well dress yourself right and no one here can beat you. be that satellite. let the world rise up to meet you, yeah. cause it’s not enough to feel without feeling good. it’s all I want. yeah it’s all I need.
Track Name: The Window
the window. there is a window, a place where you used to appear. and I found myself watching, waiting for you to appear. and all of the hours, all of those days, I spent my time waiting for a look at your face. and I, I know that I’m hopeless, I know that I’m lost. since the day you disappeared there’s a line that I crossed. and all of the hours were never a waste. I’d spend my life waiting for a look at your face. I could never replace. everything I’ve dreamed of or prayed for is waiting for me in your eyes. so give me an answer, let me make my mistake. give me a moment, let me fall on my face. cause I have been drifting and now I am found. it was you in the window, now it’s you on the ground. and I’m coming down.