Reverend and the Makers’ Jon McClure is not ashamed of his age.
Reverend and the Makers’ latest album, 32, is about the experience of trigenerianism - and it’s not all bad either, according to frontman McClure.
“It’s about being comfortable with who I am. I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. I’ve done the big hits thing and now we’re just enjoying what we’re doing, writing the music we want to write and we’ve had a great reaction to it.”
It seems McClure (right) has definitely come to terms with the fact he has the ‘best of both worlds’, a situation that the album happily mirrors.
“We’re signed to Cooking Vinyl, they’re a great label with the likes of the Prodigy signed to them but they don’t send A & R men over asking what you’re doing. We’re just left to get on with it, and that’s great.”
And - as ever - McClure is hell-bent on remaining in Sheffield.
“I like to write about real life and this city inspires me. I’m near my family and my brother and feel that people do great things in Sheffield. It’s a crazy place when you think about it.”
And Sheffield’s quirks appear as motifs throughout the album. The track Pilot Light is thanks to a Sheffielder’s idiosyncratic turn of phrase.
“I went into the pub where my dad drinks and this man - who goes by the name of ‘Crossed’ - said: ‘I don’t go out na days. They call me the pilot light.’ Now that’s the sort of phrase you only hear in Sheffield.”
McClure says that working with an independent label, away from the pressures of mainstream pop, gives him a freedom more financially successful musicians could only dream of.
“You stay up here and you’re among real people. You’re free to get on with what you’re doing and when you want people to hear it out, you’re not surrounded by ‘yes’ men. There are some musicians working in London and no-one dare give them an honest opinion, so they’re constantly told that what they’re doing is great. And that feeds their ego.”
“Richard Hawley creates brilliant music and he does it in Sheffield. He can concentrate on the purity of his art away from it all.”
For McClure, art reflects reality and reality - for him - is Sheffield.
The album also features Sheffield songwriter Steve Edwards. “Steve’s a great artist and not many people know it but he’s had a string of number one hits. He just doesn’t go around shouting about it. It’s great to work with people like that and great that all these people are here in this city working away on their own stuff.”
The album is launched with a very special show at the Winter Gardens on Sunday which will be video streamed live at www.thestar.co.uk.