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Q-Tip Bandits Sound Blooms On Latest “Melancholy Flowers”

The Q-Tip Bandits had an elaborate song gem in “Willow.” Dreamy but crisp, right on the border of breezy pop and tight rock, “Willow” captured the magic of the Boston-born trio in 2019. But in the studio, after a few overdubs, vocalist/guitarist Leo Son felt as the Q-Tip Bandits may need to expand beyond a three-piece.

“There was something missing, texture or energy,” Son told the Herald. “Once we introduced the horns, things started to take shape. We’re an indie rock band without a lead guitarist, so we thought, ‘Well, what would a lead guitarist do here and how do we adapt that to what the horns might play? »

“Willow” became the band’s first single and is approaching two million streams. The horns became part of the band’s signature sound – bright, dynamic, punchy, pop. On the now five-track debut album, “Melancholy Flowers” (out June 10), the horns surpass what any lead guitarist could do: start with the wild trumpet and trombone breakdown on lead track “Chasing Cars “.

His son, vocalist/bassist Claire Davis, drummer/vocalist Dakota Maykrantz, and horn players Hoyt Anthony Parquet and Maclin Tucker trained at Berklee College of Music. Their music school tracks add complexity to ‘Melancholy Flowers’ (track A, the crazy trumpet and trombone breakdown), but the band pulls it off with finely crafted songs – help the band celebrate these songs on June 17 at the Brighton Music Hall.

Like going from trio to quintet, the Q-Tip Bandits have embraced their evolution.

“When the band started, it was Leo’s project,” Davis said. “Three shows where we were in a band, I came up and said, ‘Hey, I wrote a song, can we try that?’ That was the start for us to start swapping lead vocals… Now neither one of us is the leader and we try to have that attitude with everyone in the band. . »

Son didn’t push Davis away. Instead, he insisted that Davis bring his songs to the table.

“I remember in the winter of 2019, Claire sent me a demo for a song, ‘Happy’,” he said. “I remember listening to it over and over in the car. I said, ‘We have to play this song for the people.’ “

They both say that being open to the question “What’s our sound like” led them to their unique vibe, results on “Melancholy Flowers.” Davis is ahead of the slow-burning soul of “Happy” and the almost angular funk of “Lifeline.” Its lead on the lazy, energetic hook of “Dan D Lion” and the big crescendo on “Daisy”.

Maintaining the momentum as a group that started shortly before the pandemic has been difficult (a nomination for New Artist of the Year at the 2021 Boston Music Awards helped). Now that the band has logged some touring time in 2022 and is celebrating an LP this month, Son and Davis hope to move forward with more of everything.

“We’re kicking off our summer shows with 617 Day at Brighton Music Hall,” Davis said.

“And Claire and I have amassed over 30 new songs and are currently working on the logistics to record a second album,” Son added.

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