aka James Warchol, has been making music since
his teens. He had played guitar, bass and
vocals in various bands, and had brief success
in the early '90s with his band Sometime Sweet
Susan. In the mid '90s, he started expanding
into more experimental forms of music as well,
both with his band and as a solo artist. Working
with samplers, keyboards and software, as
well as guitars, these explorations grew into
the Loam music you hear today.
Warchol first appeared as Loam on the Topscore
Records compilation CD "Gain Structure"
in 1999. Loam's first self titled CD was released
by Topscore in 2000. In 2001, he collaborated
on an installation piece called "Audio
Reliquary" as member of the group J3.
The piece appeared in the Roger Brown Gallery
in Chicago, IL. Loam has also released tracks
on stasisfield.com, an mp3 only label. The
compositions "meditations (on ashKroft)"
and "cassette hiss guitar" came
out in 2002. A new live piece called "Double
Live Bonzo" will be released in spring
Loam's new album "terra obscura"
was released by Topscore Records in May 2003.
An EP entitled "1:11" will also
be released by Topscore as part of the label's
loam - topscore 4 [on topscore]
gain structure compilation