After the release of their fifth studio album, Mirrors, and ahead of their UK tour this autumn, music contributor, Jacob Steiner, caught up Reverend and the Makers’ frontman Jon McClure, to get behind the scenes of the Sheffield band.
Your upcoming album, Mirrors, has already received praise from artists like Noel Gallagher and Carl Barat. How much does hearing that mean to you and the band?
Everything. Praise from your peers is beautiful. It means you are a rapper’s rapper. Also I had Noel’s poster on my wall as a kid. To compute that he’s now a fan of my band is bonkers.
Carl Barat specifically complimented your lyricism and melodies. Has your approach or technique changed at all in the writing and recording of the new album?
Yeah definitely. We thought about it less. Less about what radio expected or what we should be doing. We just loosened up. Got free and did what we want. It’s a good mantra for life
The album was recorded in Jamaica, as well as in your hometown, Sheffield. How, if at all, has your location influenced Mirrors?
It influenced the film version of Mirrors considerably, and maybe the mix got that haze over it because of Jamaica. But basically Jamaica was a nice place to waste the record label’s
What other factors have influenced the writing process and sound for Mirrors?
Having Joe, Ed and Laura sing on it made it a more interesting journey. Even I get bored of me after 11 songs.
Have there been any recent artists/releases that have impressed or influenced you and the band?
Errr, not really to be honest! Stuff I like outside the band sounds nothing like us. Kwaito from South Africa, aleatory mods etc. Best thing I’ve heard lately is that Miley Cyrus and Flaming
It’s been eight years since the release of your debut album, The State Of Things. How have your feelings towards the album changed over that time?
They haven’t. Once a banger always a banger
You’re about to embark on a UK tour. How are you feeling for the tour, and specifically, playing your new material live?
Well the album is out there musically and we want to mirror that with the tour. Our fans won’t have seen or heard us do anything like what we are planning for the tour.
Is there anything you particularly look forward to on a tour like this?
Making people go bonkers!!
Do you have any special plans for your homecoming gig at the O2 Academy?
Not really. I have so many family and friends it gets like a birthday party after the Sheffield gig. I just wanna run off home. Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham are my party towns.
Both you and Arctic Monkeys have represented Sheffield’s music scene in the indie-rock sphere. When you’re back in Sheffield, do you get any sense of a particular music scene? If so, what are your thoughts on it?
It’s diversity really. Everyone does their own thing in this city and that’s great. I’m always looking to the local scene for inspiration and to see if I can help folk in any way. Sheffield is the place to be, end of.