Oxeye Daisy began in 2016. 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 (Tyler Imbrey’s Ghost Revue) 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, Sweet Creature, + many others whew) came later, adding dreamy textures from his arsenal of stompboxes.
Their 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 soaring vocals, which WESTWORD called “soul-shaking.”