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Musicians — Manchester

Photo: Bands On Film

Name, where are you from?
We’re Document from sunny Manchester.

Describe your style in three words?
Sharp, suave, snazzy.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Alex: Parquet Courts - End Of The Road 2017 I pointed out Mac Demarco on the side stage and someone complained saying I wasn’t a real fan but other than that it was a fantastic performance from Mac Demarco.

Charlie: Radiohead - Glastonbury 2017 Radiohead have been my favourite band for years and this was the first time I had seen them live. The set was perfect and being able to enjoy it with some of your best mates at Glasto made it extra special. Really knocked my socks off.

Josh: Father John Misty - Plug, Sheffield 2016 I got tickets for this show on twitter relatively last minute and it was the first time that I'd ever been to a gig by myself. I was fairly new to FJM and didn't know what to expect from his live set; watching it was one of the first times I remember enjoying a live show purely for the musical aspect rather than the social, and wanting to pursue something in music further than my bedroom.

Max: Arcade Fire - Isle of Wight 2017 It was the weekend after Labour made huge gains in the 2017 election, I was absolutely battered, surrounded by some of the best people in my life, and the sun was just setting after nearly burning my face off earlier in the day. I’ll never forget it.

Will: Stone Roses - Carlisle Sand Centre 2016
Stone Roses announced a warm-up gig in my closest city, Carlisle, which was daft because nobody ever comes to Carlisle. It was incredible to see them play in front of a crowd of less than 1000 people at Sands Centre, and then see them play to a packed Etihad Stadium the week after. I remember I had a maths exam the next day and my maths teacher caught me at the gig. He wasn’t even pissed off, I think he knew how special the gig was going to be. My love for The Stone Roses has somewhat faded, but that gig still sticks with me.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history - who would they be?
We’re all fans of Cave and being able to play on a bill with him would be a dream come true. A few of us have seen him live before too and his presence on stage is really something to behold. The only problem about playing with The Bad Seeds is that they’d most definitely show us up.

Joy Division are another huge inspiration for us and would've loved to have witnessed them performing let alone alongside them. Obviously, with the legacy they have left behind in Manchester too, it seems like a no brainer for us.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The CBGBs scene in New York.
The '70s UK Punk Scene.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
We chose Bowie because he's obviously a genius and he seemed like a lovely guy. Would be nice to pick his brains over a meal and hear a few stories.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Deaf Institute in Manchester’s a beautiful venue and we’ve been lucky enough to play it a couple of times now. We also love Wharf Chambers in Leeds, cheap drinks and good times guaranteed.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Rowland S Howard was an incredibly influential guitarist and lyricist who we feel doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves. His solo material and work with The Birthday Party is a big influence for us as a band.


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The first track you played on repeat?
Alex: 'The Eton Rifles' - The Jam
Charlie: 'Run To The Hills' - Iron Maiden
Josh: 'Do Me a Favour' - Arctic Monkeys
Max: 'Feel Good Inc.' - Gorillaz
Will: 'When I Come Around' - Green Day

A song that defines the teenage you?
Alex: '(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame' - Elvis Presley
Charlie: 'Can't Stand Me Now' - The Libertines
Josh: 'Wet Dreamz' - J Cole
Max: 'Rattlesnake Highway' - Palma Violets
Will: 'Scentless Apprentice' - Nirvana

One record you would keep forever?
Alex: Townes Van Zandt - Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
Charlie: 'Rank' - The Smiths.
Josh: 'Raw Power' - Iggy and The Stooges
Max: 'Bryter Layter' - Nick Drake
Will: 'Help' - The Beatles.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"They will never ask you
What the wall said
To you in that room
Listening through plaster
The sodium light's a hissing wound"

'What the Wall Said' - Protomartyr

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'A Little Respect' - Erasure
When a few of us lived together we always used to have a good dance to it in the flat.

A song you wished you had written?
'Memory' - Preoccupations

Best song to turn up loud?
'Blindness' - The Fall

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Alex: Bad Guy - 'Billie Eilish'
Charlie: 'Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1' - Kanye West
Josh: 'Forrest Gump' - Frank Ocean
Max: 'Round And Round' - Ariel Pink
Will: 'Lady and Man' - Khruangbin

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'The Gambler' - Kenny Rogers (RIP)
You gotta know when to walk away, and know when to run.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Gangs - 'Do Nothing'
'How I Learnt to Stop Chewing the Wasp and Face the Bulldog' - Polevaulter
'Chain of Being' - Crows
'Life of Sin' - Sleep Eaters
'Lonesum' - Bleach Boy
'Desire' - Julia Bardo

Photo: Bands On Film

Name, where are you from?
We’re Document from sunny Manchester.

Describe your style in three words?
Sharp, suave, snazzy.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Alex: Parquet Courts - End Of The Road 2017 I pointed out Mac Demarco on the side stage and someone complained saying I wasn’t a real fan but other than that it was a fantastic performance from Mac Demarco.

Charlie: Radiohead - Glastonbury 2017 Radiohead have been my favourite band for years and this was the first time I had seen them live. The set was perfect and being able to enjoy it with some of your best mates at Glasto made it extra special. Really knocked my socks off.

Josh: Father John Misty - Plug, Sheffield 2016 I got tickets for this show on twitter relatively last minute and it was the first time that I'd ever been to a gig by myself. I was fairly new to FJM and didn't know what to expect from his live set; watching it was one of the first times I remember enjoying a live show purely for the musical aspect rather than the social, and wanting to pursue something in music further than my bedroom.

Max: Arcade Fire - Isle of Wight 2017 It was the weekend after Labour made huge gains in the 2017 election, I was absolutely battered, surrounded by some of the best people in my life, and the sun was just setting after nearly burning my face off earlier in the day. I’ll never forget it.

Will: Stone Roses - Carlisle Sand Centre 2016
Stone Roses announced a warm-up gig in my closest city, Carlisle, which was daft because nobody ever comes to Carlisle. It was incredible to see them play in front of a crowd of less than 1000 people at Sands Centre, and then see them play to a packed Etihad Stadium the week after. I remember I had a maths exam the next day and my maths teacher caught me at the gig. He wasn’t even pissed off, I think he knew how special the gig was going to be. My love for The Stone Roses has somewhat faded, but that gig still sticks with me.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history - who would they be?
We’re all fans of Cave and being able to play on a bill with him would be a dream come true. A few of us have seen him live before too and his presence on stage is really something to behold. The only problem about playing with The Bad Seeds is that they’d most definitely show us up.

Joy Division are another huge inspiration for us and would've loved to have witnessed them performing let alone alongside them. Obviously, with the legacy they have left behind in Manchester too, it seems like a no brainer for us.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
The CBGBs scene in New York.
The '70s UK Punk Scene.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history - who would it be?
We chose Bowie because he's obviously a genius and he seemed like a lovely guy. Would be nice to pick his brains over a meal and hear a few stories.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
The Deaf Institute in Manchester’s a beautiful venue and we’ve been lucky enough to play it a couple of times now. We also love Wharf Chambers in Leeds, cheap drinks and good times guaranteed.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Rowland S Howard was an incredibly influential guitarist and lyricist who we feel doesn’t get as much attention as he deserves. His solo material and work with The Birthday Party is a big influence for us as a band.


www.instagram.com/documenttheband

The first track you played on repeat?
Alex: 'The Eton Rifles' - The Jam
Charlie: 'Run To The Hills' - Iron Maiden
Josh: 'Do Me a Favour' - Arctic Monkeys
Max: 'Feel Good Inc.' - Gorillaz
Will: 'When I Come Around' - Green Day

A song that defines the teenage you?
Alex: '(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame' - Elvis Presley
Charlie: 'Can't Stand Me Now' - The Libertines
Josh: 'Wet Dreamz' - J Cole
Max: 'Rattlesnake Highway' - Palma Violets
Will: 'Scentless Apprentice' - Nirvana

One record you would keep forever?
Alex: Townes Van Zandt - Live At The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
Charlie: 'Rank' - The Smiths.
Josh: 'Raw Power' - Iggy and The Stooges
Max: 'Bryter Layter' - Nick Drake
Will: 'Help' - The Beatles.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"They will never ask you
What the wall said
To you in that room
Listening through plaster
The sodium light's a hissing wound"

'What the Wall Said' - Protomartyr

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'A Little Respect' - Erasure
When a few of us lived together we always used to have a good dance to it in the flat.

A song you wished you had written?
'Memory' - Preoccupations

Best song to turn up loud?
'Blindness' - The Fall

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
Alex: Bad Guy - 'Billie Eilish'
Charlie: 'Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1' - Kanye West
Josh: 'Forrest Gump' - Frank Ocean
Max: 'Round And Round' - Ariel Pink
Will: 'Lady and Man' - Khruangbin

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'The Gambler' - Kenny Rogers (RIP)
You gotta know when to walk away, and know when to run.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Gangs - 'Do Nothing'
'How I Learnt to Stop Chewing the Wasp and Face the Bulldog' - Polevaulter
'Chain of Being' - Crows
'Life of Sin' - Sleep Eaters
'Lonesum' - Bleach Boy
'Desire' - Julia Bardo

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