indie punk rock documentary Bleeding Audio provides an all-access pass to Oakland punk band The Matches to examine how the music industry’s rapid shift from record stores to digital downloads affected musicians.
In December 2013, The Matches humbly gathered for breakfast to catch up with one another. That morning, they realized that 2014 would mark the 10 year anniversary of their first record, E.Von Dahl Killed the Locals–the one that started it all. After a lot of reminiscing, the band decided to rerelease their record on vinyl, and you know what, to celebrate with one little reunion show–because come on, it’s been 5 years since the band broke up, who’s gonna remember some alternative band from that long ago?
After putting the show up on sale, it sold out in two minutes. Stunned, the band put up a second show. That show sold out in two minutes and crashed the ticketing website. Taken aback by the outpouring of support and demand, The Matches ended up doing 9 sold out shows across North America and 5 shows across Australia.
The Matches are a collective of four incredibly unique characters who have gone their separate ways, but together form a group of inspiring and driven individuals that captured the alternative scene from the early 2000s.
Their story overlaps with the drastic changes the music industry has undergone in the past several years. From declining record sales, to excessive touring, to illegal downloading and streaming. This documentary will use The Matches history and recent reunion along with interviews from music industry professionals to truly answer the question: “How do artists survive in the digital age?”
A close friend and fan of The Matches for ten years, Chelsea produces and directs commercial videos all over North America, Europe and Asia, where her clients range from fellow filmmakers to companies like Adobe. She is an expert in the documentary format and is endlessly passionate about storytelling.
With more than a decade of experience in film & TV, Ryon produces festival-bound independent films, VR content, and commercials for agencies and F500s. He previously worked in Business Affairs at Lionsgate and Intermedia Film and wrote coverage at CAA. Ryon is a member of the Cherokee Nation, has passion to tell stories about underdogs, and often serves as a film festival speaker and judge. He recently produced short film REAL ARTISTS (2017), which screened at film festivals such as SFFILM, Cinequest and Cannes.
Prior to becoming a cinematographer, Phil Briggs spent fifteen years as a cyclist racing all over North America, Europe and Asia. Since then, Phil has taken home the Golden Reel Award and Best Cinematography in 2006 for a short he directed and shot. His most recent work “Everyday Black Man” is currently on Showtime and available on DVD.
We’re collecting archival photos of The Matches from the early days all the way to today.
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