Black Swan LaneMany in Atlanta know Jack Richard Sobel as the owner of Agave restaurant in Cabbagetown, but he’s also part of the internationally acclaimed band, Black Swan Lane. Founded by Sobel and John Kolbeck, formerly of The Messengers, and Mark Burgess, formerly of The Chameleons UK and The Sun and the Moon, the band put out its first album, A Long Way From Home, in 2007. The track “In the Ether” was picked up for the soundtrack to the film Adventureland, and the band has spent the last few years perfecting their brand of brooding, melancholy dream pop and recording two more albums, The Sun and Moon Sessions, and the just released Things You Know and Love. We asked vocalist Sobel to answer a few questions about the band.

Tell us about your latest project?
Things You Know And Love is the new album. We started writing this record right as The Sun And The Moon Sessions was going to press. The songs are more upbeat and concise. The arrangements are better and it is not as experimental as our last project. We had this one mixed by Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Matchbox 20, Jerry Cantrell, etc.). It has already been called out as one of the best releases of 2010 and we are very proud of this.

Who are the band’s musical influences?
I would have to say we have been influenced by a lot of bands from the UK, especially the Manchester and Liverpool area, like The Smiths, The Chameleons U.K., Joy Division, The Jam, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Stone Roses.

What are you working on now?
We are working with some companies in California and Oregon to get our music in some more films next year. It was great to be featured in the movie Adventureland and we hope to do more of that stuff. We are also practicing a new live set to do some shows in the future and at the same time looking at either a fourth release or a large compilation album for next year.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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