Who We are


Since their inception in early 2018, Leo Son & The Q-Tip Bandits have coalesced into a vibrant emerging act on the Boston music scene. 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 mellifluous, soul-inspired riffs and moving lyrics to the front of the stage. Their sound will linger in your mind for days.

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

Coming off their recently sold out show at the Burren in Somerville, Leo Son & The Q-Tip Bandits are planning their first East Coast and Midwest Tour for the Summer of 2018.


Where We've Been

The Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, MA

Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA

The Bitter End, New York, NY

Korner Bar, Hamtramck, MI

Creep Records, Philadelphia, PA

Kittery Block Party, Kittery, ME

The Raven, Worcester, 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 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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Members:        Leo Son – Guitar/Vocals

                      Claire Davis – Bass/Vocals

                      Andrew Paolini – Drums

Phone:            (617) 646-9795

Email:             theleoson@gmail.com


What People Say

"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"  



"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