Wednesday 30 May 2012

MJ Hibbett & The Validators - The Battle Of Peterborough

Single review by KevW

As far as bonkers ideas go, MJ Hibbett & The Validators writing an indiepop concept album about space dinosaurs invading Norwich certainly is one. What could have ended up as a cringeworthy and forgettable 'wacky' album turned out to be remarkably entertaining, witty and cleverly thought out. It was an accomplishment that deserved a round of applause at the very least, and if you're yet to sample it's madcap delights then you can join the story here, as things begin to come to a head with the military setting up camp in Peterborough as they attempt in vain to put as stop to the nuclear dinosaurs with bazookas from rampaging further across England.

Yes it's all as silly as it sounds, but far funnier than you're expecting as we hear of local landmarks being destroyed and news reports of the potential next stop for the savage beasts. "It's got excellent rail and bus links and good parking and an ice rink, but if it gets destroyed it won't be missed." This is all set to an upbeat indiepop backing complete with triumphant brass flourishes. While residents of the town may or may not laugh at lines such as "And so ended the battle of Peterborough/as the nation tried to look as if it cared/but the blackened smoking hole/and the terrible death toll/was the first exciting thing to ever happen there" the rest of us will be thoroughly enjoying a marvellously imaginative lo-budget indie opera, complete with a video that includes special effects that are nothing short of dazzling.

Free download: 'The Battle Of Peterborough'

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