LEONE, the LGBTQ pop and alt-rock group based in Brooklyn, NY, released their single and music video, “GTFOH,” the title track from their upcoming sophomore EP, GTFOH. The track is a great glimpse into LEONE’s forthcoming EP, which covers emotional grounds ranging from feelings of angst and loss to lust and sexuality.
Speaking candidly about these topics on the new songs is one way in which LEONE is reclaiming their power. Richie Leone explains:
“‘GTFOH’ is my first time speaking about my frustration with the establishment and the world we are living in. How we turn on each other at the flip of a dime, and are so easily manipulated by the media and people in power. However, there are so many issues and subliminal messages that are being talked about and I really want the audience to come up with their own opinion & story for both of these videos.”
Richie Leone continues:
“The video starts with me finding myself beaten and tied up by someone I can’t quite see. As the video goes on I see that the enemy is in fact someone I had trusted in the past (refer to “I Wanna Be” music video which ends with a ‘to be continued…’). The end of ‘GTFOH’ shows me taking back my power and walking my own path. The vocals are meant to sound like a loudspeaker. It’s my first time using my voice to relay this kind of message.”
GTFOH is all about reclaiming your power; the sophomore EP from Brooklyn-based alt-rock group LEONE is ultimately a comment on the times that we’re living in. In a world that is constantly trying to beat us down, LEONE hopes that GTFOH will serve as a reminder to stand up for what you believe in and fight for your life.
The EP covers a lot of emotional ground, ranging from feelings of angst and loss, to lust and sexuality. Speaking candidly about these topics on the new songs is one way in which LEONE is reclaiming their power.
Produced by Peter Savad, GTFOH is the first piece of work from LEONE that features bassist Tarik Merzouk and drummer Brian Del Guercio on the recordings. Many songs on this EP were written during the same time that LEONE’s full band lineup was taking shape, which allowed the band to find their sound in a very collaborative and organic way. Lyrically, this EP showcases the growth and healing that songwriter Richie Leone has had since the band’s first EP (thisbodyisntmine), released in June 2022.