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Black Lab

Rating: 8/10 ?

September 20, 2007
The alternative rock band Black Lab have, throughout the years, accumulated a long and varied resume. Their major label debut, dubbed Your Body Above Me, came out a clean decade ago, and was anchored by massive hit singles "Wash It Away" and "Time Ago." The celebrity those songs afforded didn't last long, though, as the band left their then-home at Geffen Records when the label was devoured in a corporate takeover, and lead-singer Paul Durham decided to just call it quits and move to L.A.

As restless as he is, Durham couldn't just let the band die, so he revived the moniker and signed a raw deal with Epic Records that he would eventually ask to be released from. In the interim, Durham kept the band alive by making appearances on numerous soundtracks such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Spider-Man, Varsity Blues, and Can't Hardly Wait, among others. After their public sector woes, Black Lab decided to just go the indie route from then on, and released two solid albums in the form of 2005's See The Sun, and most recently Passion Leaves A Trace, at the beginning of this year.

It was only with a spurt of inspiration, and a decision to throw caution to the wind that Technologie came to fruition. Durham and band mate Andy Ellis had been dabbling in electronica for a while, and with the release of the recent Transformers film the duo decided to amp up the movie's theme song with a techno/rock take on the classic. With that geek-rock gem created and ready for release to the masses, Ellis & Durham decided to use the cut as an anchor for the electronica experiments and remixes they'd been tinkering with, eventually amassing enough material for a second 2007 full-length.

Enter Technologie.

With all that background information, suffice it to say that this disc is a moderate departure from the band's usual alt-rock shtick. That said, Technologie's techo-mix really does seem to fit their sound quite well. You can tell that they're having fun making these songs, and that makes them all the more enjoyable to listen to. The wicked toe-tapper "Bulletproof" opens the record, with a remix of their stellar tune "Lonely Boy," sitting as a nice centerpiece. The best is saved for last though, as Black Lab's take on the "Transformers Theme" ends it all with a geek rock love-fest.

It has been a long, tumultuous ride for Black Lab, but after two respectable recent releases and now Technologie, Durham and Ellis seem to have brought their little laboratory back online.

Reviewed by Trent Moore
Currently attending Athens State University in Alabama as an English major, Trent Moore is a contributing writer for LAS as well as publications such as soundthesirens.com.

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