It was the middle of September in the year 2011, amidst the border town of El Paso, Tony Chops and Taylor Bones were testing the sound limits of Tony’s new apartment on Fewel St. in Sunset Heights. It was a second story flat, so the neighbors didn’t take too kindly to the beats, but they tried their best to keep the noise subtle. There wasn’t much the guys could do….The jamming had to begin soon…and it did. The landlord, however, didn’t take to their playing too kindly. The boys had to play in bursts and at certain times during the day. After a short break of guitar vs. drums, the idea of a band name came up in the conversation.
”You have any ideas for a name, man?” asked Taylor.
“How about Biscuit Roller?” replied Tony.
“That’s it bro. That’s the name,” said Taylor.
Biscuit Roller had been formed.
A few songs was all the pair had, a small set ready to shake the foundations. The nights went by, both polishing and refining their sounds. Sculpting the breakdowns and solos for the upcoming shows, learning and teaching the rhythms to one another. Late on a September night, after practicing, the guys decided to take a chance downtown. Taylor knew of a couple power outlets underneath the alligators in San Jacinto plaza where an amp could be plugged in. Tony could set up the drums right next to it and they’d have themselves a show! The idea was presented and the boys followed through on their plan. The show was a slight success, with a few attendees, but a success nonetheless. The local police even stopped by for a listen before running off a sleeping guy on a bench. That was the first show Biscuit Roller ever played.
Thus, the guys played and played until long time friend, Freddy Towers stepped into the picture. Freddy was already a well-known DJ in the local scene and brought the all bass needed to the band. With a third addition, it seemed these guys were going places.
The winter months passed and the new year came. 2012 was sure to be a promising year for Biscuit Roller. January started off smooth without any hiccups. As Spring strolled up, a fellow named Steve showed up. Steve was no stranger to the rest of the group. Many memories had been made with this skillful pianist. His skills were unknown until the Rhodes was brought into the picture. This sound changed the entire dynamic of Biscuit Roller, with more melodies than ever now soaring through the sound waves. The guys knew that four was the magic number. This was the final four.
As March rolled around, South by Southwest in Austin was approaching. The boys knew they ad to get to Austin, and with the help of their good friend, Chris James, they were able to load up a trailer and head east. The first show in Austin was at Maria Maria, a bar owned by Mr. Carlos Santana himself. The show was a huge success and the boys enjoyed a latin fueled dinner in celebration of the night. The next show was the following Sunday at a biker bar by the name of War Horse. The band delivered yet again an unforgettable show and lived up their last night in the Music Capital.
On May 12th, 2012, Biscuit Roller released their first record entitled, “Smeltertown.” This 3 song EP featured some of the most heartfelt songs in the band’s repertoire and received local acclaim for the “rawness” of the overall sound.
The upcoming self-titled LP will be available May 3rd, 2013 and features a full lineup of tracks all produced by Justin Leeah.