“I don’t care who you are, where you come from, what your politics are, how old you are,” Jon McClure said as his band, Reverend and the Makers, took the stage at the Manchester Academy to the Rocky theme. melody. “You have to bounce.”

The commander asked and Rev’s army duly complied. It’s impossible not to when they put out banger after banger. The Manchester concert forms part of the Sheffield band’s first live tour in four years. Formed in 2005, Jon McClure and his collective of musicians burst onto the scene with their top-five chart debut album, The State of Things.

Opening at the Academy with the title track, Rocky’s soundtrack seemed fitting. This was just the first round, and the Revs had come out swinging.

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The five albums since then have seen the band move through various incarnations, sounds and lineups and experience all the ups and downs, and most of the downs, that the music industry has to offer, but it was Covid-19 that brought it down. which made Jon worry more. income, since his wife Laura is also a member of the band.

He said: “I thought ‘how the hell am I going to make money? I’m in a band and I can’t play, and my wife is in a band with me and she can’t play. Luckily I managed to pull some threads together and record a new album.”

Reverend and The Makers at Manchester Academy – February 16, 2023(Image: Bethan Shufflebotham)

Now, a band would normally release an album before going on tour, but the Yorkshireman and his musicians aren’t the conventional type. Not to mention the fact that, in an impressive unbroken streak, every one of his albums has reached the Top 20 on the UK album charts.


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