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Reverend & The Makers frontman to quit music

Reverend & The Makers

Story by Jack Foley

JON McClure, frontman of Reverend & The Makers, has declared his intention to quit music after the completion of the band’s next album.

The singer told BBC 6 Music that he didn’t want anything to do with the music industry because “it absolutely stinks”, and pledged to “retire and become a pedal taxi driver” following the release of sophomore album The French Kiss In The Chaos next year (2009).

The announcement will come as a great disappointment to the band’s growing fanbase, who helped the band to reach the UK top five with their debut LP, The State of Things last year.

The album also spawned the Top 10 hit Heavyweight Champion of the World as well as the singles Open Your Window and He Said He Loved Me.

McClure has been striving for success in the music industry since starting out in a band with Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner – but confessed to 6 Music programme, The Music Week that he had become increasingly disillusioned with it.

He revealed that he had sacked his management and would retire in January.

“I’m gonna go out having told the truth and with my head held high and having stood for something,” he told listeners. “I feel like a sore thumb in a piranha pool in this industry.”

Making a few digs at the repetitive sound of mainstream music and a couple of bands in particular, McClure also pledged to ensure that the band’s final album would be “truly artistic”.

To read his comments in full, please click here