Review; REVEREND AND THE MAKERS Chibuku at the Barfly.Byline: by Jade Wright
HE may have been bestowed with a title of the religious order, but Jon McClure would make an unusual man of the cloth.
He's a preacher, yes - giving sermons to thousands of converts at gigs in his hometown of Sheffield - but his urban street tales have little to with the word of any God.
Ask any of his flock about this strapping, mad-eyed 24-year-old and, Lord, they will tell you: he's the don of the Sheffield music scene. A passionate punk poet. The Reverend.
"It's a nickname my mates gave me," he chuckles. "They said to me 'you're like a teacher man, you're like a preacher man'.
"It comes from the way I talk and get right passionate about things.
It just sounds like respect"
After spending his formative years playing music with people who would go on to form some of Sheffield's most important bands of the decade, McClure assumed his new moniker (1) A name, title or alias. See alias.
(2) A COM object that is used to create instances of other objects. Monikers save programmers time when coding various types of COM-based functions such as linking one document to another (OLE). See COM and OLE. in mid-2005 and set about a new musical direction.
But he wasn't going it alone. First, he set about assembling his backing band The Makers - a talented crew of Sheffield musicians. Next, an array of eager collaborators - the likes of Alex Turner, Bromheads Jacket's Tim Hampton and his hero, punk poet John Cooper John Cooper can refer to:
"In white guitar music there's a real pride thing - like 'we can't have anyone else on our records, it'll take the shine off'," he frowns. "But in reggae or hiphop it's not like that - for example, on 'Still Dre', Dr Dre thought nothing of having Snoop come in and drop a line.
He's like 'that's cool, that's wicked'."
The results, put up for download on Reverend's website, were a clutch of tunes influenced by the funk, reggae and 60's psyche he grew up with (Bob Marley, George Clinton, Count Five, 13th Floor Elevators) - and his modern day heroes (LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem is the musical project of producer James Murphy, co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records. The music of LCD Soundsystem is a mix of dance music and punk, along with elements of disco and other styles. , Klashnekoff) - but sounding like nothing else but Reverend And The Makers.
Urban street tales inspired by the ebb and flow the alternate ebb and flood of the tide; often used figuratively.
See also: Ebb of life itself, played out by a motley cast of recognisable characters.
"Everyday I meet different people and that's real," he explains. "You don't listen to one person all day, or only talk to one person, or hear one sound or smell one thing.
You've got to reflect what life's like. That's how a record should be - different sounds, different voices."
Buoyed by the success, the band embarked on their debut UK tour, supporting fellow Sheffielders Arctic Monkeys.
Jon then spent the rest of year curating his Reverend Sound system club night, before signing to the Wall Of Sound label then disappearing into the studio with The Makers and producer Jagz Kooner Jagz Kooner is a UK born producer who has worked with Radio 4, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Garbage & Infadels. He has created remixes for Massive Attack, Rammstein, Siobhan Fahey, Ladytron, dEUS, Kasabian and more recently Reverend and the Makers. (Primal Scream The of this article or section may be compromised by "weasel words".
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Now he's heading to Liverpool again, to bring his spark to Chibuku Shake Shake. What he's got planned isn't quite clear, but it'll certainly be worth watching.
Reverend And The Makers at Chibuku on September 13.