Published on February 19, 2014 | by Caroline Clastres


Reverend and the Makers: Back to basics

the reverend performs on stage

McClure takes inspiration from poets John Cooper Clarke and Jarvis Cocker. [Flickr: ae.edge]

ALN’s Caroline Clastres caught up with Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure to find out about the band’s upcoming plans.

Cast in the same mould as the Arctic Monkeys, the Sheffield-bred band was formed in 2005 and has succeeded in creating a special niche for themselves ever since.

The Reverend, aka frontman Jon McClure, gets his nickname from former Arctic Monkeys’ bass player and old friend, Andy Nicholson, who used to point out McClure’s tendency to “have a big mouth and tell people how things are supposed to be”.

Being a huge fan of Bob Marley, whom McClure describes as a “perfect artist,” the Reverend assembled a bunch of ‘Makers’ around him, somewhat reminiscent of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Musically influenced by the electronic scene of Sheffield, the frontman also lists poets John Cooper Clarke and Jarvis Cocker as his inspirations that he brands as “the living cult traditions of the North of England”.

McClure defines his own sound as “rock ‘n’ roll across dance music,” which makes them more than just another indie band.


As a poetry lover and writer, McClure seems to always put raw emotions at the centre of his art: “I try to write songs about real life and real situations, rather than trying to tweeze a small sector of people, and I think this is also why the band has been able to last as long as it has.”

He feels quality matters: “It’s important to write good songs, I think good songs always mean that you will last longer. It definitely beats trends on this matter. We don’t really pay any mind to trends or fashion, we just deal with what we want to deal.”

Looking for closeness and actual contact with their audience, the band decided to promote their new opus by playing free gigs at fans’ houses: “Basically, me and my mates get up in the morning, put on Twitter ‘who wants a gig in their house?’ and then we get thousands of messages back saying ‘come to my house’. So we pick one and just go to the house and play there,” says McClure.

The Reverend has been on an arduous quest to recover some kind of reality within the world of music and is willing to raise his voice against an industry that he says is “controlled”.


After three albums and numerous support gigs for bands including Oasis and Kasabian, Reverend and the Makers announced last year that their fourth record entitled Thirty-Two, would be released at the end of February 2014.

Inspired and inspiring, Reverend and The Makers are a real faith restorer in human interactions.

‘Stay true’ would probably be a fitting motto for Jon McClure and his comrades.

Don’t miss Reverend and The Makers at Electric Ballroom on March 13. Tickets are available here for £17.60. To keep up to date with all things Reverend, follow them on Twitter or like their page on Facebook.


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