Playing its first-ever live show in San Francisco in 2001, Loquat has moved through the ranks with help from Kylee Swenson Gordon’s ethereal voice and unusual — sometimes surreal — lyrical style. The Bay Area band hails from all over the country: Swenson Gordon is originally from Orono, Minn.; bass player Anthony Gordon is from San Diego, Calif.; guitarist/vocalist Chip Cosby started out in Richmond, Va.; keyboardist Christopher Cooper grew up in Oakland, Calif.; and drummer Jon Langmead is from Balitmore, Md.
According to Cooper, the group’s diverse upbringings have filtered into the band’s sound for their third album, “We Could Be Arsonists” (out now on Nacional Records). “The Bay Area is an environment where you have people from all different backgrounds coming together,” he says. “The five of us don’t have the same style or even the same taste in music, but when we write, record, and play together, it just works, and that’s reflective of the culture of the Bay Area.”
Loquat has enjoyed success with tracks appearing on the CW’s “One Tree Hill” and MTV shows such as “Teen Mom” and “P. Diddy’s Making His Band.” Swenson Gordon was also a featured vocalist on Nortec Collective’s Grammy-nominated song “I Count The Ways,” as well as Dan Sena and Del the Funky Homosapien’s dubstep track “Song Of Siren.”
We Could Be Arsonists was recorded at the fabled Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, Calif., which has played host to such legends as Miles Davis, Santana, and even Green Day. Swenson Gordon was actually pregnant with her and Gordon’s first child during the making of the record.
Recently, the band traveled to Los Angeles to take part in Thrillcall’s very own L.A. launch parties for our mobile app, playing The Roxy Theatre with Nico Vega. Loquat’s new album will be celebrated this Friday, April 27, with a full release party and show at The Independent in San Francisco.
Here’s the video for the first single off We Could Be Arsonists entitled “Time Bending”: