Album: Reverend and the Makers

The State of Things (Wall Of Sound)
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There's an Arctic Monkeys connection to Reverend and the Makers, but don't let that put you off. 'The State of Things' is a world away from Alex Turner's snotty skiffle (even though he plays guitar on one track). The Reverend is 25-year-old John McClure, a Northern ranting poet who conjures a convincing world of unpaid "leccy" bills, empty Stella cans, holidays in Faliraki, wife-beatings and "grannycides" over a sleazy electro-disco backing. His tales carry a ring of human truth unlike any Sheffield band since Pulp (to whom R&TM are worthy of comparison, if not quite the equal). It's like Soft Cell fronted by John Cooper Clarke.

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