Oxeye Daisy began in 2017 in Denver, built on a shared love of Kate Bush, Yo La Tengo, the Cranberries, and Bieber’s early stuff. Lead singer/guitarist Lela Roy’s soaring voice powers the band’s songs, which mine the sounds of dream-pop, 90s alternative rock, and experimental indie. Eddie Schmid (bass) and Ramel Sanchez (drums) are the band’s driving backbone, Daniel DiMarchi (guitar, synth) adds dreamy textures, and Stephen Pamas (guitar, synth) adds honeyed vocal harmonies and tuneful leads. After honing their sound in Colorado basements, the group went on to record their debut album. Within a month of its release in May of 2018, it was named one of the “best Colorado albums of the year so far” by Colorado Public Radio. The band later performed at Denver’s 2018 Underground Music Showcase, where they were called a “must-see” act by Westword and 5280 Magazine. Westword also called them “Best New Rock Band” in their Best of Denver 2019 awards.
Following up their critically acclaimed debut, Oxeye Daisy stepped things up with the They Say You’re A Demon – EP. The EP garnered the band a main stage slot at the Underground Music Showcase, and further acclaim leading publications like 303 Magazine to proclaim, “Oxeye Daisy is pulling the flowers up by the root, grabbing a magnifying glass and burning everything in sight. This is a red flag alert under a fire ban type of magnitude.”