Black Swan Lane

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Black Swan Lane
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Middleton, Greater Manchester, England
Genres indie rock, alternative rock
Years active 2007-present
Labels Eden Records
Associated acts The Messengers, The Chameleons UK, The Sun and the Moon
Website Black Swan Lane Official website

Black Swan Lane is a US/UK indie-rock band/project founded in 2007 by Jack Sobel and John Kolbeck (formerly of The Messengers) and Mark Burgess (formerly of The Chameleons UK, The Sun and the Moon and Bird).

For their first release Long Way From Home Sobel, Kolbeck and Burgess (the only permanent members of the project) were joined by Yves Altana and Achim Faerber (both previous bandmates of Burgess) and on vocals Anna-Lynne Williams (member of Trespassers William).

In 2009, one of the tracks from the first album In the Ether was featured in the major film release Adventureland.

In November 2008 Sobel and Burgess were joined by Andy Whitaker and Andy Clegg to re-form the Sun and the Moon for a one-off US show in Sobel's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. During practice sessions for the show several new songs were written and, in June 2009, emerged as Black Swan Lane's second album The Sun and the Moon Sessions. Jimmy Oakes and Ghanaian percussionist Kwasi Asante, both friends of Burgess, also collaborated on this album.

In April 2010 the band released their third album (like the others on Eden Records) Things You Know And Love to some critical acclaim.

In July 2010 Black Swan Lane became official website sponsors of UK based non-league football club Didcot Town. This sponsorship was extended for the 2011/12 and 12/13 football seasons.

In August 2011 the band released their fourth studio album Staring Down The Path Of Sound on Eden Records. For the first time the recording was without the collaboration of Mark Burgess but Sobel and Kolbeck were joined by Lauren Fay who provided additional backing vocals.

May 2013 saw the release of BSL's fifth studio album The Last Time In Your Light. Recorded at Atlanta's Flood Studio's, and mixed by Jeff Tomei, Sobel and Kolbeck were the only founders remaining on the project, save for some additional vocals.



  • 2007 A Long Way from Home (Eden Records)
  • 2009 The Sun and the Moon Sessions (Eden Records)
  • 2010 Things You Know and Love (Eden Records)
  • 2011 Staring Down the Path of Sound (Eden Records)
  • 2013 The Last Time In Your Light (Eden Records)

Band members[edit]

  • Jack Sobel (permanent member/founder)
  • John Kolbeck (permanent member/founder)
  • Mark Burgess
  • Yves Altana
  • Kwasi Asante
  • Achim Faerber
  • Anna-Lynne Williams
  • Andy Clegg
  • Andy Whitaker
  • Jimmy Oakes
  • Lauren Fay

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