Who We are

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Since their inception in early 2018, The Q-Tip Bandits have emerged into the Boston music scene as an energetic and vibrant act. Boasting a full-bodied, sweetly-flowing sound backed by the raw energy of rock and the colors of R&B and funk, they can make you sway and make you swoon. Claire Davis and Andrew Paolini hold down the grooves while Leo Son brings his smooth, soul-inspired riffs and moving lyrics to the front of the stage. Their sound will linger in your mind for days.

The enchantment the band brings on stage will energize big rooms and enrapture intimate venues. The Q-Tip Bandits is a trio of artists who will be electrifying the music scene for years to come.


Where We've Been

Kinfolk, Brooklyn, NY

The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI

The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA

City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA

The Red Room, Boston, MA

Sunflower Alley Music Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY

Sofar Sounds, Boston, MA

Sofar Sounds, NYC, NY

The Bitter End, New York, NY

Korner Bar, Hamtramck, MI

Creep Records, Philadelphia, PA

Kittery Block Party, Kittery, ME

Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA

Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem, MA

True Brew Barista, Concord, NH

The Plough and Stars, Cambridge, MA

The Burren, Somerville, MA

The Lilypad, Cambridge, MA

Firehouse, Lancaster, OH

The ER, Allston, MA

The Midway Cafe, Jamaica Plain, MA

Club Bohemia, Cambridge, MA

Article 24, Brighton, MA

The Raven, Worcester, MA

The Bebop, Boston, MA

Chum's Coffee House, Waltham, MA

Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville, MA

Dark Horse Public House, Somerville, MA

Hear Us Play


Watch Us Play

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Leo Son – Guitar/Vocals

Claire Davis – Bass/Vocals

Andrew Paolini / Jacob Harelick - Drums

Maclin Tucker - Trumpet

Ian Lazan - Trombone

Phone:            (617) 646-9795

Email:             theleoson@gmail.com


What People Say

“Drawing inspiration from rock, R&B and funk, they are singer-songwriters with a twist.

Their music is complex and compelling, without doing things simply to show off; everything is told with purpose. Their songs are driven instrumentally as much as they are driven lyrically, giving them their signature warm, rich sound.  Their charisma will draw you in during their live performances, keeping you dancing along with them for the whole show.”

- Adrienne Schoenfeld,

JSJ Events Boston


"Leo Son & The Q-Tip Bandits have a fantastic balance between fun/playful and sincerity, you can move to it, you can swoon to it, it's a range that anyone can and should enjoy."

- Isaiah Beard,



"Leo Son & The Q-Tip Bandits isn’t just another singer-songwriter backed by an impersonal band that is estranged from the creative process. They are all involved in arranging Leo’s songs, incorporating contemporary groove heavy themes derived from hip-hop, jazz, and rock. As a collective, they care more about bringing the songs to life than about claiming authorship, and recognize that as students at Berklee College of Music they can develop an appreciation for harmonically dense and esoteric music while maintaining an appreciation for simplicity and accessibility. Ultimately, they would rather make you feel than think."

- Inanna Miss