Sunday, September 21, 2008

Reverend and the Makers

As you all know, I am a big Arctic Monkeys fan. I have also posted about AM's lead singer Alex Turner's side project, The Last Shadow Puppets. Now for another related act: Reverend and the Makers.

Also from Sheffield, R&tM have basically been a vehicle of Jon McClure (the Reverend) and a revolving cast of "makers." Alex Turner can even be heard on some of their early demos. Musically similar to the AM and LSP, R&tM add a touch more politics, some spoken word poetics and lawlessness to the mix. Add some dance music styling and you get a raucous good time. At times, McClure's voice reminds me of latter day Ian Brown, especially during the more downtempo moments. Unfortunately the only NYC date they had scheduled was canceled. And so I wait...

The full record, The State of Things, is a a bit uneven, but overall it still gets a 7. The songs below get 8s.

Reverend and the Makers- Heavyweight Champion of the World
Reverend and the Makers- Open Your Window

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