Reverend & The Makers announce new album “The Death of A King”, UK tour + new single “Too Tough To Die”

REVEREND & THE MAKERS announce new album
‘The Death Of A King’

Released 22nd September via Cooking Vinyl

Watch the video for new single‘Too Tough To Die’ HERE

UK Tour October/November

Artwork & Photo credit: Roger Sargent

Reverend & The Makers release their sixth album, ‘The Death Of A King’, through Cooking Vinyl, on Friday 22nd September. The first song to be taken from the album, ‘Too Tough To Die,’ was premiered on BBC 6 Music Steve Lamacq show on Wednesday, is available on June 2nd upon pre-ordering ‘The Death Of A King’ from:

‘The Death Of A King’, the followup to the Top 20 album ‘Mirrors’, was recorded at Karma Sound Studios, Thailand with additional recording at 2Fly Studios & 1984 Studios (Sheffield) and produced by Dave Sanderson. It will be available on CD, Deluxe edition CD, 12” Vinyl, limited edition 12” vinyl, cassette and digital download. The album can be pre-ordered from the bands website: and iTunes

The video for ‘Too Tough To Die’ is an extract from a film shot in Thailand and directed by Shaun James Grant. Following the critical success of previous album/film  ‘Mirrors’, which saw the band decamping to Jamaica, ’ The Death Of A King’ follows the band as they arrive in a remote fishing village in Thailand to record and film, however things take an unexpected twist when on the day of arrival the controversial king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies.

Jon McClure: “We loved the recording abroad thing after the last album. Gives the albums a flavour of their own and so we thought we’d give Thailand a try, take the family and all that. I’ve been there before and Pete and Carl raved about Bang Saray so we took all the gang out there. Loads of us. It had finally got back to that big collective I’d always wanted to create. Having long since given up the notion of being number One, we resolved to just make tunes we liked. Ryan’s mrs played bass for a tune, the wives and kids sang backing vocals. Being so far away from home and my family (Laura couldn’t come as she was pregnant) meant I was starting to go a bit mental by the end. I kinda feel like some of that comes thru in the tunes a bit too. I’m kind of off trying to recreate ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’. I’m 35. I have a new set of concerns . I see the world in a different way now so I’m trying to be true to who I am today.”

Reverend & The Makers played a storming set at Wirral Live (May 20th) where Jon McClure proudly welcomed Jeremy Corbyn to the stage, to make what many commentators agree his most impassioned speech of the 2017 campaign to date. Reverend & The Makers have announced five shows in October and November, with support from Will And The People. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd June from:

14th Garage, Glasgow
25th Electric Ballroom, London
27th Academy, Sheffield
28th Academy, Sheffield

4th Academy, Manchester

Reverend & the Makers were originally born out of a collective of musicians, ‘The Death Of A King’ renews the original spirit of the band and sees lead vocals shared on certain songs with other band members ‘Juliet Knows’ (Joe Carnell), ‘Auld Reekie Blues’ (Eddie Cousins) and ‘Black Flowers’ (Laura McClure).

The full tracklisting for ‘The Death Of A King’ is:

•  Miss Haversham
•  Auld Reekie Blues
•  Bang Seray
•  Boomerang
•  Too Tough To Die
•  Carlene
•  Monkey See
•  Black Cat
•  Who Am I
•  Time Machine
•  Juliet Knows
•  Black Flowers

Bonus songs: Deluxe CD & vinyl download code:

•  Lisa (featuring James Skelly)
•  Still Down
•  You Can Have It All (featuring John Cooper Clarke)

Reverend & The Makers play a sold out show at Don Valley Bowl  (June 2nd) with Joe Carnell’s band, Milburn, before heading out on the following summer festivals:

3rd Camden Rocks, London
10th Tidal Waves Festival, Bridlington

8th One Live Festival, Guilford
9th International Festival, Llangollen
21st Bugjam Festival, Northampton
22nd Pennfest, Buckinghamshire
28th Camp Bestival, Dorset
29th Kendal Calling, Penrith

6th Hope and Glory Festival, Liverpool
12th Green Meadows Festival, Peterborough

Reverend and the Makers have achieved five UK Top 20 Albums and five Top Five Indie chart singles: debut album ‘The State of Things’ (2007) included the UK Top Five single ‘Heavyweight Champion Of the World.’ Second album ‘A French Kiss In The Chaos’ followed in 2009 and saw the band supporting Oasis on their final tour at stadiums across the UK and also a UK tour with fellow Sheffielders Arctic Monkeys. ‘@Reverend Makers’ was released in 2012, ‘Thirty Two’ was unleashed in 2014 and the critically applauded ‘Mirrors’ was released in 2015.

Reverend & The Makers are: Jon McClure, Ed Cosens, Joe Carnall , Laura McClure and Ryan Jenkinson.

What the papers said about ‘Mirrors’

“The Best Album of their career.” (NME)

“‘Mirrors’ is a big career turnaround….the multi-genre mastery is magnificent.” (Daily Mirror)

“Jon McClure makes good on the ambition of past boasts.” (Uncut)

“The Rev’s Best.” (Classic Rock)

“Their best and most ambitious record.” (The Big Issue)

“Reverend & The Makers deliver their masterpiece…this is a wonderful work.” (Louder Than War)


MrDread Is a writer, editor and photographer of the DreadMusicReview. He is an adventurer who travels as much as humanly possible, and has been to every state except Delaware.

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