The Q-Tip Bandits rock a hometown show in Boston



Hometown shows are always special and this one was even more special for Boston based band The Q-Tip Bandits , as it was their send off show for their first ever cross country tour spanning from March to the end of April. They had a New York show the night prior to this show but nothing was as special as this night. The Q-tips formed in 2018 and include members Leo Son (lead singer/guitarist), Claire Davis (vocals/bass),  Dakota Maykrantz (drums/vocals), Hoyt Anthony Parquet (trombone) Maclin Tucker (trumpet). The band originally formed at Berklee College of Music and have since become best friends who play some of the sweetest tones we have heard out there.

The Q-Tips are so unique that you can’t really put them into a certain genre or category as they are really their own genre in a way. If you had to pinpoint what kind of music they make you could say a mix of indie-pop, R&B, and funk. It’s really everything you could want and so much more. They released their debut single “Willow” (which has an amazing music video) in 2019 and has since been streamed on Spotify over 1 million times, as it should. With all the hype around “Willow” the band decided to record their debut EP Ain’t It Great featuring “The Wolf”,  “Ain’t It Great”, and “What’s Your Drug”, all stellar songs. Even though the EP was released during the height of the pandemic it still garnered immense success and is some of the band’s best work to date. They were even nominated for Boston Music Awards “Best New Artist” in 2021, which is quite the honor. The band is now working on their debut LP Melancholy Flowers, which is set to be released in spring 2022.

Their hometown show was a special one and it was a jam packed night full of tons of fun. Back To Yours opened up the show and got the night off to a great start. The crowd was loving every minute of their set. The night went on and the venue got more and more packed. Overhearing chatter from the crowd and how excited they were to see The Q-Tips. There were a lot of family and friends there it seemed as well which made the night even more special. It was finally time for The Q-Tips to come out on stage and they did so to the enthusiastic cheers from the crowd. Their energy and stage presence is unmatched and they kept the crowd going all through their set. They played a handful of songs from their EP as well as some new ones like “Daisy” off of their upcoming album Melancholy Flowers. As well as throwing some covers in there like their versions of “Kids” by MGMT and “Hey Ya!” by OutKast. The crowd was loving every minute of their set, they couldn’t get enough. You just had to be there to witness this greatness. The Q-Tip Bandits definitely know how to put on a fantastic show night in and night out. You surely don’t want to miss out on seeing them in a town near you! Check out tour info here. The future is bright for The Q-Tips and we can’t wait to see what they do next!




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Photos by Erin Crowley // full gallery here

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