«Easily one of the most exciting acts to emerge out of Denver in 2018.» 303 MAGAZINE
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. Guitarist Lela Roy's soaring voice powers the band's songs, which tastefully meld 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 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.
Pout House staggers along the line of garage-pop with a punk flair, primarily influenced by 2000s indie rock like the Strokes. The Denver-based quartet self-released The Nancy Demos in February 2018 immediately followed by a Midwest tour and later in the summer, a full West Coast tour. In December 2018, the band released two singles on Denver label GROUPHUG.
Tyto Alba, based out of Denver, CO, formed in the fall of 2014 and features the talents of singer/songwriter Melanie Steinway, guitarist Matt Rossi, bassist/synth player Daniel DiMarchi and drummer Andrew Bair. The songs are dreamy, spacious and lush. Tyto Alba is the scientific name for barn owls.
“There is a certain moment in a band’s trajectory when you can actually observe the music evolving. Denver four-piece Tyto Alba is experiencing just such a moment: a young band spreading its wings in sound and spirit before an audience’s eyes.” Tom Murphy, Westword
[event cover photo credit: Kyle Cooper // 303 Magazine]