During 2008, rumors were rife that the band had split up, McClure confirming and then later dismissing these claims. There were, however, a number of lineup changes, beginning with drummer Westley, who left to form his own band Strange & Partners; guitarist Tom Jarvis followed, replaced by McClure’s good friend and ex-Milburn
guitarist Tom Rowley. With a renewed lineup and a refreshed outlook, the band bagged a support slot on Oasis
' sold-out summer tour in 2009 and debuted a new song, "Silence Is Talking." Their second album, A French Kiss in the Chaos, focused primarily on politically charged subjects and highlighted many unspoken issues, including the conflict in Iraq, consumerism, and global warming. Often outspoken and brash, McClure wasn’t afraid to confront the difficult subjects that formed the heart of the record.
The band went on a hiatus following their second release and returned in 2011 with former Arctic Monkeys
' bassist Andy Nicholson in a further lineup alteration. In August they posted a YouTube video entitled "Riot" in response to the chaotic scenes of the riots that took place across England that summer. Produced by Jason Cox
and Jason Dring (Gorillaz
) and Youth
), the third album @Reverend_Makers was released in 2012. It proved a return to the band's electronic-inspired indie rock, typified by the dancefloor-focused synth melodies of single "Bassline" and the frantic guitars in the rasping track "Noisy Neighbor."
In 2014, the band released their fourth studio album, ThirtyTwo. Decamping to Geejam Studios in Jamaica with producer Dave Sanderson, the band began recording their fifth album, Mirrors. With additional production from Youth
and Alan Smyth, the group finished the album back in the U.K., in their hometown of Sheffield. Released in October 2015, the album hit the U.K. Top 20 and received praise from the press and fellow musicians Noel Gallagher
and Carl Barât
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. ~ Mark Deming & Scott Kerr, Rovi