Live Review: Reverend And The Makers [Manchester, Ritz] March 5, 2014

By Dom Smith
By March 8, 2014 August 24th, 2016 Live, Reviews

It was a huge pleasure to natter with the mighty John McClure of Reverend And The Makers in Hull t’other week, but sadly this writer didn’t get to catch ’em live, due to unforeseen, and rather life-changing circumstances. Anyways, I digress.


Tonight, Manchester’s Ritz is a sweaty mess of good people doing their best to have an awesome time. Choice cuts are taken from the band’s new album, ‘Thirty Two’, particularly the beast of a party tune, ‘Detonator’, alongside clear fan favourites like ‘I Spy’. The energy of Rev and his crew is incredible – nothing short of that, and they may actually be the very best band in the UK at the minute. Which would, rather appropriately back-up their recent chart status as “highest charting UK band” after the release of the new full-length.

Obvious highlights are, ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The World’ and the almighty (Sounsphere magazine) office anthem that is ‘Bassline’ – Jon even takes the time to get into the crowd at the end of the show with an acoustic guitar and get real warm with his adoring Northern crew, who of course helped the band get to their high-charting position (all on the back of a #getrevtonumberone social media campaign on Twitter). Not too bad, eh?

Anyway, see this band before you die, innit – they all work really, really well together and the mood is  just fantastic throughout, bouncin’, rockin’ and chillin’. Super cool, and one of the best we’ll see all year. It’s dance. It’s rock. It’s Yorkshire (the band are from Sheffield, of course). And that just bloomin’ rules.


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