Sons of the Gun
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Sons of the Gun

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"Sons of the Gun - Live!"

Great, feel good, motor city rock with hooks and elements of pop brought to the party too! These fellas are hard working and hard rocking dudes who are crafting a sound that should appeal to all sorts of rock fans without a stitch of bandwagon jumping going on, just a love for music. Check it out! These guys just keep writing better and better tunes!
- Lager House Web Site

"Sons of the Gun debut CD gets 4 stars!!"

This is power-pop, no doubt, but Sons of the Gun sidestep the genre's frequently awkward posturing by embracing their quirks (lead singer Greg Mackiewicz’s falsetto is one surprise among a number of pleasant ones). - DM

- Real Detroit Magazine

"Sons of the Gun - Outlaw Rock"

“Sons of the gun!” would chime Greg Mackiewicz’s grandmother to
him and his friends when they became rowdy as children. Little did
she know that this saying would later name his bright-sounding,
upbeat guitar-and-drum-powered rock band.
Guitarist and vocalist Mackiewicz connected with bass guitarist
and vocalist Pat O’Harris at the Theater Bizarre in Detroit. Mackiewicz’s
earlier band Aurora was known in the Detroit area in the
1990s. Drummer Cliff Carinci joined the other two after a healthy
run with the metal band Thrall.
Sons of the Gun draws on O’Harris’s taste in classic rock,
Mackiewicz’s interest in country music and Carinci’s love of hard
rock and metal to create a soulful rock sound. Mackiewicz’s vocals
are reminiscent of Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays.
Mackiewicz wasn’t allowed to listen to country as a child because
his father censored his record collection. Mackiewicz says
that he was “dead set on country,” though, and used to swear that
he would never listen to rock.
Folk and country influences mark the band’s subjects and lyrics.
Mackiewicz says that the band likes to “bring a story to a song”
and stresses that the “difference between bands is writing.” Goodold
rock ‘n’ roll adds a sense of danger to the band’s sound, which
is also polished with pop. “Any song that is good has an element of
pop,” believes Mackiewicz, especially when “you’re dealing with a
group of kids with a short attention span.” Sons of the Gun strives
to balance substance and catchiness in their tunes — to not be too
“out there” and to retain something genuine.
Mackiewicz laments the waning public attention to the Detroit
music scene. “Detroit is hurting…..There’s a lot of bands and not
enough people to see them,” he says. Local music fans should keep
this in mind next time they’re in the mood for a show.
— Elyssa Pearlstein
- Current Magazine, Ann Arbor, MI

"Sons of the Gun - TC's Speakeasy 2-16-08"

"Composed of a talented conglomeration of Ypsi-Ann Arbor-Detroit music scene vets, Sons of the Gun are one of the region's most celebrated acts. Their high-energy live shows and catchy pop, dirty rock 'n' roll is delivered with that distinct brand of Detroit soul and the group has won over audience after audience with their infectious songs."
Ryan A. Bunch - Current Magazine - Feb 2008


Self-titled 6-song EP recorded by Jim Diamond of Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, MI, in late 2006 using vintage equipment and 2" tape.

2nd self-titled EP on Sound Artifacts Records., limite release for Team Clermont as a College Radio Promotion.



Sons of the Gun is a culmination of several other bands from the general Detroit area. Founding member, vocalist and guitarist Greg Mackiewicz, is best known for his work with his former Ann Arbor based band Aurora. Drummer Cliff Carinci has recently worked with Reptilian and Alternative Tentacles label artists Thrall. Pat O'Harris rounds out the group on bass and backing vocals.

Sounding like a cross between the Who, Strokes, Shins, & Replacements, this band is melodic and powerful at the same time. Sons of the Gun are creating one of the exciting new sounds of Detroit. Their music consists of finely crafted pop songs that bring rock-n-roll to a new and fresh level. Influences range anywhere from the Stones to XTC, but they are truly a melting pot of rock-n-roll with a distinct Detroit soul. The catchy songs and sincere lyrics will leave listeners wanting more. Sons of the Gun recorded with Detroit’s infamous Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs, etc.) at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit, Dave Niles in Ypsilanti, and currently with Andy Patalan (Sponge) at the Loft in Saline, MI.
This is a must see band.