TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM ‘HEATWAVE IN THE COLD NORTH’ OUT APRIL 28TH – PRE-ORDER HERE
UK TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK INCLUDING SOLD OUT SHOW AT LONDON ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY ROOM ON 11th FEBRUARY
Reverend And The Makers today unveil new single ‘Problems’. The song is the third offering from their forthcoming studio album ‘Heatwave In The Cold North’, out 28th April 2023 on Distiller Music. Listen here. Digital album available to pre order now here.
The latest track from Reverend And The Makers is a typically catchy ear-worm. The rejuvenated Sheffield stalwarts effortlessly combine elements of Pop, R’n’B and Soul in a way now synonymous with the band’s most recent output. The rhythmic, blissed out, head nodding tone of the single, belies the heavier, underlying message of the track. Focusing on the subject of mental health problems, it brings The Rev John McClure’s idiosyncratically positive and acerbic spin to matters in a way that celebrates the escape and relief you can feel when fully immerse yourself in something to “forget your own shit for a minute.”
Speaking on the track, Rev said “I have been super open about mental health in the past. I am a huge advocate for men talking and still am, but sometimes I have found just watching a footy match by myself can be equally therapeutic. So I wanted to write a kinda funny song about how it feels when you finally get to be alone for 5 minutes….”
This latest single announcement comes hot on the tail of the success of the band’s recent single ‘Heatwave In The Cold North’. A hazy, sun drenched Barry White-inspired soul bop, the opening single from forthcoming album of the same name has become their biggest hit in over a decade, having been added to Radio 2’s B list and being named their Record of the Week. The track became a Top 10 UK airplay chart fixture as the summer came to a close. This was followed by the softly spangled psychedelic soul of ‘High’. An ode to Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfrield and long hazy afternoons.
Building on a revitalised live reputation that has restored them as one of festival season’s key draws in the last few years, Reverend and the Makers first tour of the UK in four years kicks off next week. The shows will run from 2nd February until 17th February 2023. The tour will hit venues in Brighton (sold out), Northampton, Cardiff, Norwich, Liverpool, Birmingham (sold out), Bristol, London (sold out), Glasgow (sold out), Newcastle & Manchester before concluding with a sold out homecoming show in Sheffield on February 17th. A second Sheffield date has now been added due to demand (sold out). Support for the tour will come from Supergrass man Danny Goffey and Bristol-based rock act The Ramona Flowers. Tickets here.
Never resting on their laurels and constantly striving to challenge perceptions of the band, Reverend and the Makers have become one of the enduring and great survivors of the British music scene. With a career spanning two decades Jon McClure and his collective of musicians burst onto the scene with their Top 5 charting debut album, ‘The State of Things’. The album spawned the UK top 10 single “Heavyweight Champion of the World”. The five albums since have seen the band move through several incarnations, sounds and line ups and experience all the highs, and most of the lows, that the music industry has to offer. Each album has reached the Top 20 of the UK album charts, an impressive unbroken run of six albums. These albums have seen them cut across a creative spectrum, ranging from collective efforts to the frontman’s singular visions. Instead, The Makers is more a sobriquet, a statement of intent, a commitment and a guiding principle that has seen McClure consistently strive to build, innovate and grow musically and artistically. The Reverend’s story is one of the great survival stories of the music industry as charisma, talent, defiance and sheer willpower sees the band start a new chapter reenergized and raring to go. With a point to prove, with ‘Heatwave In The Cold North’, Reverend And The Makers set about the task in hand armed to the teeth with an arsenal of their biggest, best and most accessible and ambitious songs to date.
‘Heatwave In The Cold North’ Tracklist
Heatwave In The Cold North
A Letter To My 21 Year Old Self
26 Thousand Days On The Earth
I Hate It When You Lie
You Don’t Love Me
Living Without You
Reverend & The Makers 2023 UK tour dates
2 – Brighton, Concorde 2 SOLD OUT
3 – Northampton, Roadmender
4 – Cardiff Tramshed
6 – Norwich, Waterfront
7 – Liverpool, O2 Academy
9 – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2 SOLD OUT
10 – Bristol, O2 Academy
11 – London, Islington Assembly Hall SOLD OUT
13 – Glasgow, St Luke’s SOLD OUT
14 – Newcastle, University
16 – Manchester, Academy
17 – Sheffield, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
18 – Sheffield, O2 Academy EXTRA SHOW ADDED DUE TO DEMAND SOLD OUT