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Reverend and the makers unveil new single

Reverend and the Makers have unveiled new single ‘A Letter To My 21 Year Old Self’.

Reverend and the Makers have unveiled new single ‘A Letter To My 21 Year Old Self’. The song is the final single before their forthcoming studio album ‘Heatwave In The Cold North’, out 28th April 2023 on Distiller Music. Listen here. Digital album available to pre order now here.

The latest track from Reverend And The Makers is their most personal and honest release to date. The song sees The Reverend Jon McClure take a poignant look back over the past two decades, as one of the music industry’s great survivors cites regrets, mistakes and a defiant slice of introspection. With an unbroken run of 6 Top 20 albums to date, the band’s seventh offering looks likely to follow suit and could even find itself placed in the top 10, which would be the first of theirs to do so since their debut 16 years ago. The accompanying official music video, also out today, shows a compilation of footage from the band’s early days on tour, all shot around the time of Jon’s 21st year.

A Letter To My 21 Year Old Self  sees the Sheffield stalwarts blend anthemic melodies, R’n’B, and Classic Soul with an endearing lyrical vulnerability to create a real final statement of intent before next month’s album release. Speaking on the track, Rev said “A Letter to My 21 year old Self” is most of my pals favourite song from the new record, it’s also the most personal one I’ve ever written.

Put simply I’ve made a hell of a lot of mistakes during my time as a musician. Said and done loadsa dumb things. I guess this is me trying to tell myself not to do all of those things but also saying not to be hard on myself or to turn my frustrations in on myself. If I knew then what I know now, I’d have taken over the world. But doesn’t everyone say that?”

Ahead of the release, Jon has launched a campaign for fans to send in a letter that they’ve written to their own 21 Year Old Selves, to be sent in via this link, or by submitting them on socials using #21yearoldself. He’s been asking some locals in the area to collate these letters and they will be displayed at the newly reopened Fagans Pub in Sheffield on Thursday (23rd). They will form part of a pop-up exhibition/ mass therapy session that will give  locals the chance to come along and meet Jon, get an exclusive listen to the album & have a pint. After the event, they  will be uploaded to this account on Instagram.

His friends and supporters have already got involved with the likes of Brian Eno, Mel C, Jeremy Corbyn, Carl Barat, Joey Barton, Helen Chamberlain, Steve Lamacq, Richard Hawley + more writing letters for the exhibition. With many commenting on how cathartic they had found the experience.