Founded in 2005 as an acoustic effort, The Leo Project has not so much found its niche as created one. Front man Tyler Lyon is joined by his cousin Lance Bennett on percussion and Sean Hamel on bass. Together they developed a sound and stage show that left acoustic in the dust but retained the musicality synonymous with that genre, becoming electric in every sense of the word. In 2007, the band’s search for the perfect complement to their already bold and virtuosic ensemble was completed by the addition of guitarist Creighton Bibbs. Exploring the Metal edge of Rock with searing instrumentals, the combined vocal talents of all four members gives The Leo Project a mature lyric and harmonic presence.
From their combined talents and influences The Leo Project distills a unique sound. On first listen, one will detect the eclectic elements of such diverse artists as Pantera, Phil Collins, ZZ Top and Van Halen but ultimately the aural experience will be all The Leo Project. All of this is packaged in an intense live show that offers the audience an event unlike any other. Touring relentlessly in support of their debut album “The Burning” they have established a reputation as one of the premiere acts in the Midwest. The Leo Project is sought after by a variety of venues that promise their patrons the ultimate concert experience. Fans and industry professionals alike have been impressed when The Leo Project shares the stage with performers like Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, 3 Days Grace, Seether, Slipknot, Sevendust, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, 36 Crazyfists, Hinder, Powerman 5000, Bobaflex, Hypnogaja, and many more.
Early 2009 will see the release of The Leo Project’s much-anticipated second album. Studio work has been completed in collaboration with producer Fred Archambault (deftones, Avenged Sevenfold). This album showcases the bands special blend of soulful vocals, blistering guitars and pyrotechnic percussion while capturing the energetic yet intimate connection to the audience that is the hallmark of their live performances. Now on the indie label Burning Scissors Records, this is only the beginning for The Leo Project.