Check out my full interview with the Director and two members of the band.
Bleeding Audio is an intimate portrait detailing The Matches’ promising career, defeating break up, and inspiring reunion as they reflect on what success truly means for musicians in today’s digital industry.
Who are ‘The Matches’? And why were they never as big as they should’ve been? These are questions that open the documentary before we dig deep into the background of the band.
As they were trying to form the band, ‘The Locals’ struggled to find a guitarist of the band. They were getting nagged and bugged by a kid (16 years old) named Jon Devoto, who had to be brought to the audition by his mother due to not even having a license. He played one song and was in, and the band was formed.
As the band begins to get bigger, the biggest labels are trying to sign the band, but they were smart in their approach of trying to make sure they were getting the biggest return for their music. The band signs and realize the grind doesn’t stop, and they need to work twice as hard to continue down this path of success.
What the thing that impressed me the most was Chelsea Christer’s direction within the documentary. I felt like I was apart of the band’s journey, the inclusion makes you invested, and Chelsea does a great job of bringing you behind the scenes of how it all unfolded.
Within this band’s journey, you see how the glitz and glamour we expect to come with being a high-profile band isn’t always like that. As things become harder and harder, we start to see the demise of the band. You can’t help but watch this documentary and feel the sentiments spoken at the beginning from fellow artists about what might have been.
As we reached the closing of the film, you can’t help but get emotional, seeing after everything the band had gone through and the reuniting and the sellouts, and the things they were hoping to happen before was falling into place. Again, a testament to the story-telling from Chelsea Christer and working with the band to get them to be vulnerable and show the highs and lows made the final touches worth feeling emotional over.
“Chelsea Christer’s well-crafted direction brings you behind the scenes of the heart and soul of the Matches. Bleeding Audio is one of the best music documentaries I’ve ever seen.”