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Reverend And The Makers and SpringFest Edinburgh
Sat 27 May 2017, 14:00 – 23:30 BST
Reverend (aka Jon McClure) hails from the musically-renowned land of Sheffield, UK. Before this project he sang for Judan Suki and 1984 finding underground local fame and getting a name for himself. He has already collaborated with Arthur Brown, John Cooper Clarke, Tim Hampton (Bromheads Jacket), Mike Hughes (Trap2), Chris McClure, Laura Manuel (ex Judan Suki), Andy Nicholson (ex Arctic Monkeys), Tom Rowley (Milburn), and Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) as well as working with producer Alan Smythe. For live gigs Reverend has assembled 'The Makers', a superband of relatively unknown musicians.
There's few lead singers as vocal and passionate about their music as Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers. Where the British music press lack in giving the Sheffield band a shout, their talismanic frontman more than makes up for it. Bursting with an unabashed Yorkshire pride, McClure represents what very few do any more.
His working class roots have never been something he has kept quiet, and has targeted the likes of Matt Healy of The 1975 for having a seemingly easy route to the top, while his own outfit have grafted hard throughout their now ten-year old career.
Their last record, Mirrors, came out in October 2015 and represented arguably the band's finest studio effort to date. A seamless meander through a rock 'n' roll landscape that visited elements of the Beatles, Kinks and more dovetailed with magical songwriting and the Rev's instantly distinctive vocals.
With a summer of festivals, including new Edinburgh event Springfest, on the horizon we spoke to Jon to get the full picture on what comes next for the band.