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 with a sound that will linger in your mind and buzz in your body for days. The enchantment the band brings on stage will energize big rooms and enrapture intimate venues. Boasting a full-bodied, sweetly-flowing sound backed by the raw energy of rock and the coolness and colors of R&B and funk, their mission is to not only make you sway but to make you swoon. With palpable grooves coated with smooth, soul-inspired riffs, anthemic horns and meaningful lyrics, The Q-Tip Bandits aim to capture the freedom and joy that are found on the other side of hardship, and to show that happiness is not a light that is void of darkness, but a balance of the two.

Their debut single “Willow” released on April 5th, 2019 reached over 50,000 plays within the couple weeks of its release. Completing a DIY tour of the East Coast and Midwest US and Western Europe.


Where We've Been

Kinfolk, Brooklyn, NY

The Loving Touch, Ferndale, MI

The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA

Radio City, Valencia, Spain

City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA

The Red Room, Boston, MA

Sunflower Alley Music Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY

Sala Matisse, Valencia, Spain

Cafe Mercedes, Valencia, Spain

Sofar Sounds, Boston, MA

Sofar Sounds, NYC, NY

Sofar Sounds, Frome, UK

Sofar Sounds, Winchester, UK

Sofar Sounds, Valencia, Spain

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

Reach Out

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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