Reverend And The Makers - '@Reverend_Makers'

Reverend And The Makers - '@Reverend_Makers'

Having tried to stuff right-minded but clunky ‘George Bush = BAD’ politics down our throats with his last albums as side-project Mongrel and with the Makers themselves, this is Rev’s reaction to no-one ruddy listening. Happily, while we were...

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 Reverend And The Makers - 'The Wrestler'

Reverend And The Makers - 'The Wrestler'

We weren’t expecting Jon McClure to write a song about knitting, baking or falling asleep in the pub toilet, but does every Rev song have to be about fighting? Er, yes. “ You are the wrestler/And your conscience pins you down ”, Jon sings,...

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Reverend And The Makers - 'Bassline'

Reverend And The Makers - 'Bassline'

Ruddy hell – the Reverend’s gone rave. An Example-sized slab of bosh, this is the soundtrack to Rev finally “ rolling up the Che Guevara poster ”, apparently and snorting a draught excluder-sized line of disco dust with it. Looks like...

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Live Review: Reverend And The Makers

Live Review: Reverend And The Makers

The problem with pop stars who have ‘something’ to ‘say’ lies in the fact that the ‘something’ usually amounts to little more than castigating their contemporaries – usually in comeback interviews – for saying nothing. Somewhere in...

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Reverend And The Makers, Pete & The Pirates

Reverend And The Makers, Pete & The Pirates

There’s a time and a place for starting your live set with a psychedelic arm-swirl that samples a song mostly famous for being used in a Marmite advert in the ’90s. And half-an-hour before midnight on New Year’s Eve in front of a joyously...

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Reverend And The Makers

Reverend And The Makers

The Rev christens Sheffield’s newest venue in typical fashion “This, ladies and gentlemen,” booms Jon McClure, pointing at his pint, “is bullshit!” The Reverend’s talking about Carling and, in keeping with his band’s acronym, he’s...

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Reverend And The Makers

Reverend And The Makers

It’s 10.45pm. Camden has ground to a halt. Traffic is at a standstill. People are on top of cars. Readers, let’s start from the beginning…Wind back to 7.30pm and three sturdy Seattle lads with a fixation on leather jackets, Oasis and...

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Reverend And The Makers; UEA, Norwich, Wednesday October 3

Reverend And The Makers; UEA, Norwich,...

It’s 11.15pm and The Reverend – aka 25-year-old Jon McClure – is sat on the concrete steps outside the University Of East Anglia’s Drama Studio, singing and strumming an acoustic guitar. All around him people gather to listen to each song...

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Reverend And The Makers

Reverend And The Makers

Proud Mary. Jonathan Wilkes. Menswear. Natasha Bedingfield. Electric Six. The all-too-common practice of labels desperately signing up the flatmates, girlfriends, dealers and chiropodists of the current indie band du jour in the interests of...

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Reverend And The Makers

Reverend And The Makers

Will everyone please stop writing songs about modern Britain? Life’s dire, sure, but just because you have a talent for wry social observation doesn’t mean you should use it. Britain needs call centres and it needs Reverend Jon McClure to...

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