Oxeye Daisy began in 2017. Singer/guitarist/main songwriter Lela Roy met future bassist Eddie Schmid at Denver’s Syntax Physic Opera open mic, bonding over a shared appreciation for Kate Bush, Yo La Tengo, and Bieber’s early stuff.
Since then, Ramel Sanchez joined, first as a guitarist, and then later taking up the drums, adding a propulsive beat that can quickly melt into a lockstep half-time groove. Guitarist Daniel DiMarchi (Tyto Alba, Nuancer) came later, adding dreamy textures from his arsenal of stompboxes. In November 2018, multi-instrumentalist Stephen Pamas (Hello Mountain) joined the band, adding a layer of honey-sweet harmonies with melodic synth and guitar leads.
Oxeye Daisy’s hooky songs mine the sounds of dream-pop and alternative, evoking tunes you might’ve taped off the radio in 1995, tinged with honest, melancholy lyrics. They’re powered by Lela Roy’s vocals, which Westword called “soul-shaking” and 303 Magazine called “powerful… [Roy] exude[s] authenticity while she confidently expands her voice to guide the energy of each track.”
The fivesome has spent two years honing their sound in Colorado basements, DIY spaces, and concert halls, and has shared the stage with PAWS, Dude York, Bad Bad Hats, The Ophelias, and ROAR (ex-AJJ). Along the way, they’ve played live on Boulder’s Radio 1190, and CPR OpenAir, and are in regular rotation on Colorado radio.
Their debut album arrived May 11th, 2018. It was named one of the best albums of the year by CPR OpenAir staff and listeners, and WESTWORD later named them “Denver’s Best New Rock Band.”
On July 1, 2019, the band performed to a sold-out crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Soon after, the band released a four-song EP called THEY SAY YOU’RE A DEMON. It features three original songs and a haunting cover of Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Game.”