By: Amanda Guarragi
Slamdance Film Festival Bleeding Audio is an intimate portrait detailing ‘The Matches’ story. It goes into detail about their break up, when they were so close to breaking out in the industry. They had such a promising career, a really tough break up, and one of the most inspiring reunions I have seen for a band. It was told through the eyes of the bandmates Shawn, Jon, Matt, and Justin. It shows how competitive and dark the music industry can be and their story is unique for their own brand. The way bands moved into the digital age of the music industry is something that should be discussed because it’s so interesting to see how musicians adapted to this change.
What was so great to see in Bleeding Audio was the relationship between the bandmates because they all brought something different to the table. Everyone was given the spotlight in this documentary and it was nice to see that they shared that. It is always interesting to see how ideas come to fruition or how they felt behind the scenes in certain situations. There are very intimate interviews, not only with the bandmates but with other artists who knew who they were. Artists like, Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s) and Justin Pierre & Tony Thaxton (Motion City Soundtrack). It was interesting to hear them talk about ‘The Matches’ considering that were not well-known.
Bleeding Audio adds so much flavour to the generic music documentary style because ‘The Matches’ were just so much fun to watch. They had this vibrant energy that filled the room and that’s all you want from a band. They were all interesting individuals with great backstories, who came together to perform music that they loved. It is always a wonderful thing to see people come together through the power of music and that is exactly what this documentary gives us. This gave us the chance to explore the music industry through a different lens.