Leo was an American alternative rock band formed by Ian Eddy in Cleveland, Ohio in 2001. Eddy explained the name of the band by stating "I’m an Aries, and Leo is supposed to be my perfectly matched partner. I named the band Leo because music is my perfect partner." Leo originally consisted of Eddy on guitar and lead vocals, drummer Stephen Nicholson, lead guitarist Brandon Lozano, and bassist Dan Griffith. The band recorded several tracks in 2002 and began distributing demo CDs at live shows. Stephen Nichols left the band in 2004, and he was replaced on drums by Chad Szeliga, formerly of the Cleveland based band Switched.