Reverend and the Makers
The State of Things (Wall of Sound)
So-called by friends because he loves preaching, ‘Reverend’ Jon McClure uses this début collection to fuse workaday Brit-culture musings with stomping indie dance beats. Throbbing, shouty and arrogant, there’s a nod to Oasis’ cocky style and the social commentaries of fellow Sheffield types Arctic Monkeys, with lyrics about pub bandits and leccy bills. It’s meant to be a spiky funk battle cry but really, it fails to rouse. Single ‘He Said He Loved Me’, grates along with irritating Mockney chants from Laura Manuel, while ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ is catchy, but in an annoying lad-rock anthem way.