Shine The Light - Sheffield band Reverend And The Makers want your help to score a dream goal ahead of the FA Cup Final, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
Football mad frontman Jon ‘The Reverend’ McClure says winning a battle-of-the-bands contest to find an anthem for the FA Cup would be better than topping the charts.
And today the lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan called on both sides of the city to come together to vote for the band’s shortlisted song, Shine The Light.
They are one of six top UK music acts battling to find the official FA Cup anthem.
The other contenders are Lethal Bizzle, Devlin, The Pigeon Detectives, The Twang and The Enemy.
Vote now for Reverend And The Makers on the FA’s official web site at www.thefa.com/TheFACup/More/the-fa-cup-anthem.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Sheffield’s indie stars perform their song and our exclusive chat with Jon.
From the third round onwards, the shortlisted acts have performed live at selected grounds across the country – The Enemy and Reverend And The Makers wowed Wembley with their performances ahead of the semi-finals last weekend.
The winning act, who will be announced on Monday, May 6, will greet Manchester City and Wigan Athletic players as they step out for The FA Cup Final five days later, on Saturday, May 11.
Jon, whose band became a household name with songs like Heavyweight Champion Of The World, said: “I’d rather get the FA Cup anthem than a number one if I’m perfectly honest.
“I love footy and I think I make music for people who are like me. I don’t make music to try to be trendy.
“We’ve played Wembley before, supporting Oasis, and I’ve played football there twice.
“Last weekend we played for both FA Cup semi-finals. They gave us great tickets and put us in a posh hotel.
“It was fantastic – and to play to 150,000 people over two days was amazing.”
Shine The Light, their shortlisted song was one of the most popular tracks on their latest and third album, @Reverend_Makers – it also appeared on the FIFA 13 computer game.
Jon said: “A lot of people know it and it’s popular with football fans. We had a bit of a comeback with it really – it got top 20.
“When I go to watch football, home and away, I get treated like a king. I’m blessed. The fans love us. Hopefully they will get behind us for this. And if we win we’ll be playing at the FA Cup Final. It will become the FA Cup anthem and be played on the telly and the website . So yes, I might even make a few bob for once.
“I love Sheffield and obviously I’m a big Wednesdayite, but I have a good relationship with the Blades as well.
“We’re playing Mosborough Music Festival later this year and they are all big Blades who are putting that on.
“I’m friends with both sides.
“We get a lot of love from the people of Sheffield. So it would be nice if people could vote for a Sheffield tune as the FA Cup anthem.”
* Reverend And The Makers want to put South Yorkshire on the map as the home of the FA Cup anthem, but they need your help – by voting for them.
And it could not be easier.
Their song, Shine The Light, is one of six shortlisted at the official FA web site – so go online and vote for them today at www.thefa.com/TheFACup/More/the-fa-cup-anthem.
Lead singer Jon believes the great Sheffield public and the band’s other fans around the country can answer their prayers – but it will not go to his head, he says.
He said: “Because I live in Sheffield it’s easy to stay grounded.
“If I went down London and started thinking I was a bit clever, it wouldn’t work.
“I get great advice from people like Richard Hawley who has stayed in Sheffield and been a success.
“We’re working on album four, We’re playing several festivals. I’m off to Uganda next week to play a gig there. We’ve got a gig in Moscow. We’ve just come back from a US tour. I’ve got some TV presenting and I’m helping another band out, who are starting.
“We’ve a loyal fan base, our tours sell out and our albums go in the top 20. I feel blessed really.”