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 , 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 ( mentions McClure’s in his song “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”).
Mclure 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 band made their live debut in 2005, and in the spring of 2006 took McClure and his band on the road as their opening act. In time, Reverend & the Makers developed a loyal following and sold out 1,000-capacity clubs in their Sheffield hometown; Mark Jones saw the band and was strongly impressed, promptly signing them to his label. Reverend & the Makers’ first single, “Heavyweight Champion of the World,” appeared in May 2007, and included an appearance by one of McClure’s lyrical inspirations, , on the B-side, “The Last Resort.” A second single, “He Said He Loved Me,” followed, with the group’s first album, The State of Things, appearing in shops in September 2007.