MJ Hibbett & The Validators rush-released a brand new single in time for the general election last year. You’re A Tory Now’is about the sudden shock of discovering that one of your friends has turned into a Tory. With this, The Fountain caught up with them to discuss the track in more depth, as well as their plans for 2020.
TF: You have a new single out, You’re A Tory Now, what has the reception been to this?
On a scale of reception-quality, with “they brought back Top Of The Pops just for us” at the top and “banned from ROCK and forced to become a folk band” at the bottom, I would say it’s been “all right so far”. It turns out that when radio stations say they can’t play songs with political content during an election campaign, they really mean it! I knew this would probably be the case, so finally made the effort to look at how Spotify works, and though I was a bit late to do anything about it this time I’ve got high hopes for getting to grips with it next time. Then all we need to do is try and figure our what TikTok is!
TF: And how would you sum up the track in one sentence?
“Of course we are both adults and friends can disagree, but please God do not tell me you admire the ERG”.
Or to put it another way, it’s about how you deal with finding out that people you really like have inexplicably different political opions to you. It’s something we all need to work out!
TF: And are you working towards the release of an album or EP?
We have a cunning plan to release at least three new EPs this year, in an excitingly new format that is so exciting and new that we can even speak it aloud. The songs are all recorded, and the first EP should be out in the Spring!
TF: What else is on the cards for MJ Hibbett and the Validators, can we expect a gig in Scotland soon?
We’d love to do some gigs to promote the singles, especially if we could get back up to Scotland again, but after twenty years we appear to have run out of promoters who’ll put us on. Everybody we used to do gigs for gave it all up long ago (possibly because they kept losing money by putting us on), and all the people who promote gigs now, for some inexplicable reason, can’t see the appeal of a band full of middle-aged people who will almost definitely bring in an audience of three other middle-aged people who will need a nap between acts.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
We’ve played the Indietracks festival in Derbyshire eight times, and those gigs have always been wonderful. It’s a place where approximately half of all the people I like most in the world come together, get drunk, and sing along to our songs with us. It’s lovely!