With recent successes in 5 2017/18 songwriting competitions (Category Winners in the UK Songwriting Contest plus 8 further placements, nominated as finalists in both the NewSong Music and USA songwriting competitions, and just nominated twice in the Independent Music Awards for best Jazz EP and song), Biscay’s songs are shamelessly retrospective, fusing jazz, funk and soul grooves. This contrasts with the songs’ contemporary subjects, which wryly bemoan the state of the modern world.
Biscay thrive on this contrast – much like the part of the Atlantic from which they take their name, their music combines smooth sounds with the turbulence of 21st century urban life.
Their debut, 6-track EP ‘Burnt Mementos’, released on Friday March 24th 2017, explores a range of topics from the flawed worship of good looks, the pointless pursuit of status, bad dates and worse relationships.
Biscay’s 6-strong line-up hail from London and Birmingham, making their ideal gig location Newport Pagnell services. They remedied their post-Brexit gloom in 2016 by recruiting their now 23-year old, French lead singer, Eléa May. Originally from Montpellier, and now a London resident for two years, she is still coming to terms with the weather and the appalling cheese.
The driving force behind Biscay is guitarist Phil Danter, who writes all the original music and lyrics, and pays for everything.
Eléa and Phil are joined by drummer Ben Haines, keyboardist Kris Chase-Byrne, Bassist Rich Beardmore and Saxophonist Mikey Davis.