Fusing indie rock melody and attitude with dance rhythm, Reverend & the Makers were formed by vocalist and songwriter Jon McClure, who at the age of 25 was already a fixture on the music scene in Sheffield, England. Previously a member of the short-lived bands Judan Suki and 1984, McClure had a reputation in Sheffield as both a songwriter and a poet, and was something of a mentor to Alex Turner, who would become an overnight sensation as the leader of the group Arctic Monkeys (Turner mentions McClure’s 1984 in his song “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”).
When Arctic Monkeys began developing massive buzz on the basis of Internet circulation of their demos, McClure was offered six-figure deals by record companies to put together a band that sounded just like them; however, even though he was out of work, he opted to follow his own muse and instead formed Reverend & the Makers with guitarist Tom Jarvis, Ed Cosens on bass, keyboard players Joe Moskow and Laura Manuel, drummer Richy Westley, and Stuart Doughty on percussion.
The year 2016 saw the group once again moving abroad to record a follow-up, this time to Thailand and its Karma Sound Studios, again with Sanderson. The resulting album, The Death of a King, appeared in mid-2017 and saw the band refining their take on British indie rock.