IT’S ALL YORKSHIRE… SHEFFIELD’S REVEREND & THE MAKERS RELEASE A NEW SINGLE ON MARCH 10TH, AND DONCASTER’S JOHN LENNON McCULLAGH DOES THE SAME TWO WEEKS LATER.
Reverend & The Makers’ THE ONLY ONE is about a personal battle with the complexities of jealousy – and the fact that coping with the emotion doesn’t get any easier with age. The new single is lifted from the band’s fourth album, THIRTYTWO, released on February 23rd and produced by Youth (Depeche Mode, The Verve and Primal Scream) and James Welsh (Hypercolour Records).
A video for THE ONLY ONE has been directed by photographer Roger Sargent, as a homage to the ’80s: ”Believe it or not its our first time in front of a green screen, so it’s a bit Talking Heads – which isn’t bad thing,” say the band. Sargent won acclaim for his documentary THE LIBERTINES – THERE ARE NO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS and two exhibitions of his work; FUTURE LEGENDS and BOYS IN THE BAND. His pictures have also appeared in MOJO, the NME, The Guardian and Rolling Stone.
In a distinctly Yorkshire take on the idea of being multimedia artists, following the success of Reverend Summer Ale, Reverend & The Makers have collaborated with Derbyshire’s Thornbridge Brewery to produce Reverend American Brown Ale. The drink will be launched at the Craft Beer Rising festival, at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, from 21st to 23rd February. Jon and Ed from the band will play a DJ set on Friday 21st before heading off with the band for a UK tour (dates here).
Doncaster protest singer John Lennon McCullagh (who gigged with Reverend & The Makers in his hometown recently) will release new song TOWERLAND LULLABY as a single on March 24th – his first new material since last October’s debut album NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE.
TOWERLAND LULLABY has been produced by The Alabama Three (who also cameo), and progresses McCullagh from the sparse sound of NORTH SOUTH DIVIDE. He might need to be prepared for the odd good-natured shout of “Judas!” while on a UK tour to accompany 359 Music’s release of the single (dates here). Larry Love, of The Alabama Three, says: “The world needs the militant and the musical more than ever – and this muthafucka got da ammo… Spray and pray brothers and sistas… and rave on John Lennon McCullagh”.
McCullagh played two exclusive session tracks in The Mouthcast last summer (listen here).