When it was announced that legendary Brighton venue Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar would be closing at the end of last year it sent shockwaves through the Brighton music scene. Firstly a sense of grief, due to lost jobs and the beautiful memories created there and, secondly, because if an independent venue can’t exist in Brighton – a liberal, music-loving city with independence running through its veins – then where can it? Thank goodness, then, for Green Door Store; a venue that has reached its eighth year by doing everything right. Showcasing excellent underground bands, as well as some of the most hotly-tipped in the world, as well as giving brilliant Brighton bands a leg up.
“I had a dream,” frontman Zsa Zsa Sapien opens up Meatraffle’s gig at The Joker with. “I had a dream about Nick Cave. I got him in a headlock, slapped his big forehead and said ‘you’ve done some bad deeds’. Excuse the pun”. Whether or not this has anything to do with Cave’s recent gig in Israel, it’s almost trademark Meatraffle: funny, surreal with a pinch of the political. This was all encapsulated at their gig at The Joker on Sunday night.