Vocals / Guitar: Jonathan Coody
Guitar: Thad Megow
Bass: Jacob Sparks
Drums: Jeffrey Haineault
Ninja Gun accomplishes something not many other bands are doing these days; writing catchy, melodic and well-thought out rock and roll songs. Ninja Gun’s Southern upbringing resonates throughout each song alongside a mischievous rebellious streak: the same mixture of discordant ideals that gave rise to rock and roll in the ‘40s and ‘50s. And while Ninja Gun’s music is packed with sing-along choruses, the lyrics often run deeper than the average radio-friendly hit. At times they are political, personal and often laced with cynical Southern commentary showcasing a great sense of humor that will shine through from stage, photo shoots, and late night sessions.
From poignant political jabs from a self-proclaimed “rube” to songs about escaping the fate of life growing up in the only town you know. Chasing destiny to change the path of the working class routine. Keeping faith in something: be it love, hard times, family, friends or good tunes played from the heart on the front porch. “Restless Rubes” allows you to feel the plight of the Southern small town working class band.
Musically they have more in common with 70’s power pop and Southern classic rock than punk rock, often turning gospel-inspired melodies back on themselves with an attack from a powerful distorted riff, leaving you only to be captured later by the memory of a chorus you just can’t shake. “Restless Rubes” is pop perfection. It is clean, loud, dynamic, and truly classic! It’s a powerful pop album in its truest sense. This is a sleeper album that years from now will be passed on from friend to friend and timelessly enjoyed.
“Unapologetically classic power-pop… 4 out of 5 stars” – Alternative Press
“Beautifully executed, roots-based rock with hooks that would make Brian Wilson jealous.” – AMP Magazine
“In both practice and execution Ninja Gun have created the closest thing to a perfect record I’ve heard this year… 4.5 out of 5 stars” – Punknews.org
“Ninja Gun is folk rock in it’s purest and best form. The music comes from the heart and the lyrics make you both think and smile… amazingly catchy… – Under The Gun
“What really makes Restless Rubes such a great album is the sheer charm it exudes – every song, regardless of subject matter, has an unfailingly sunny disposition and it’s this upbeat mood, along with the effortlessly catchy melodies and complete lack of pretension on display, that make it such an enjoyable listen.” – Sputnik Music
“There is an comfort and warmth about Restless Rubes that makes listening to it sorta like seeing an old friend for the first time in years without seeming to have missed a beat. It’s a record that just feels right.” – CanYouSeeTheSunset.com
“Restless Rubes proves Ninja Gun belongs in the same class of young Southern bands like Band of Horses who are redefining the meaning of Southern rock.” – Ghostmen on Second and Third