Meatraffle is a common chord running through the leftist brigades of the South London art scene. Eschewing the ‘love song industrial complex’ that dominates the airwaves, for Meatraffle it is the political, the platonic, the comradeship of the struggle that provides true artistic grist.
A band you can get behind, they’re honest and down to earth, and while the world grows increasingly hostile it’s reassuring to know that there’s a group of people out there who get it, address it and want to change it. They’ve found the sweet spot between sincerity and humor, without taking themselves seriously they garner a lot of respect. Meatraffle has a self awareness, they know what it is to live in a changing, unequal society. But they know how to counteract it too, by calling it out. Their lack of pretense is a breath of fresh air in a stagnant, money-obsessed world, and they shout about worker’s rights, sexism, capitalism and the shoddy state of politics in a way which truly captivates and engages their audience.
The origins of Meatraffle are lost in obscurity and legend. It has been said that they are the result of a drunken afternoon shared by Clams Baker (Warmduscher/Paranoid London) and Zsa Zsa Sapien (Meatraffle/Scud FM) in a South London Wetherspoon pub, and that the original idea was to actually do a meat raffle. Indeed, early photos of the band feature raffle tickets and pig’s heads. Meatraffle emerged from and took shape in places like the fetid cauldrons of the Queen’s Head and the Windmill in Brixton alongside former label and tour mates The Fat White Family.
They’ve gone on to tour with the Fat Whites, Sleaford Mods, Cabbage, Shame and Warmduscher, and picked up their own loyal following packing venues in Glasgow, Manchester, and Bristol. The revolution has reached the airwaves, including a legendary 6Music Marc Riley session, where they blasted out anthemic ‘Birdsong’ – a single on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label – which features on the new album.
Three years in the making, Bastard Music, is out now on Delayed Records and available on all streaming platforms.