“I’m kind of off trying to recreate Heavyweight Champion of the World” – Reverend & The Makers’ Jon McClure discusses new album

‘The Death Of A King’ is Reverend & The Makers’ follow-up to top 20 album ‘Mirrors’.

The record, due out on September 22, was recorded at Karma Sound Studios, Thailand with additional recording at 2Fly Studios & 1984 Studios in Sheffield.

Following the critical success of previous album/film  ‘Mirrors’, which saw the band decamping to Jamaica,  ‘The Death Of A King’ follows the band as they arrive in a remote fishing village in Thailand to record and film, however things take an unexpected twist when on the day of arrival the controversial king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, dies.

Frontman Jon McClure said: “We loved the recording abroad thing after the last album.

“Gives the albums a flavour of their own and so we thought we’d give Thailand a try, take the family and all that.

“I’ve been there before and Pete and Carl raved about Bang Saray so we took all the gang out there. Loads of us.

“It had finally got back to that big collective I’d always wanted to create.

“Having long since given up the notion of being number one, we resolved to just make tunes we liked.

“Ryan’s mrs played bass for a tune, the wives and kids sang backing vocals. Being so far away from home and my family (Laura couldn’t come as she was pregnant) meant I was starting to go a bit mental by the end.

“I kinda feel like some of that comes thru in the tunes a bit too.

“I’m kind of off trying to recreate ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’. I’m 35. I have a new set of concerns .

“I see the world in a different way now so I’m trying to be true to who I am today.”

The album was produced by Dave Sanderson and will be available on CD, Deluxe edition CD, 12” Vinyl, limited edition 12” vinyl, cassette and digital download.

The video for ‘Too Tough To Die’ is an extract from a film shot in Thailand and directed by Shaun James Grant.