Toni Coe and Will Benson
Describe your style in three words?
Toni: 90s greebo meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Less slashed jeans, baggy zip-ups, more well-structured monochrome.
Will: I’ve been told I look like a cool, 90’s dad. So let’s go with that.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Toni: Blood Moon Tour - Converge X Chelsea Wolfe.
It's musically a show I will never forget. More recently I was blown away by Black Futures when they played at Green Door for The Great Escape.
Will: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Victoria Park, 2017.
Probably not the most fun I’ve had at a show, but definitely the most visceral, captivating and impressive performance I’ve witnessed.
Which subcultures have influenced you?
Toni: Hardcore Punk and Dark Subculture are huge parts of my identity, emotionally and physically. Whether it's the way I dress or the communities I am a part of, both are at my core.
Will: I don’t really stick to one, but I draw influence from the subcultures that surrounded Punk/'80sPost Punk '90s Brit-pop/Grunge, '60s/ Rock etc.
If you could book a line-up of any two bands in history to play the club?
Toni: A co-headline with Punch and Gouge Away. I would pay serious money to go to that show in an intimate space.
Will: Wu-Tang Clan (All original Lineup) and Fugazi.
If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Toni: Billie Holiday. How can someone's misery sound so soulful and personally nostalgic!? Her music has been life-changing for me.
Will: David Bowie - I think I could learn a lot from him. Probably the closest I’d ever get to meeting an alien.
Of all the venues, aside from your own, which is your favourite?
Toni: The best venues are the ones that have the best people running them. Big fan of the team at The Dome/Boston Music Rooms in Tufnell Park. I also love The Joiners in Southampton. They both do an amazing job putting on diverse, inclusive and fairly priced shows. I think Tooting Social club is such a beautiful space that is hugely underrated and underused.
Will: I prefer intimate gigs as a whole, but one of my favourite venues is Manchester Ritz. It has a sprung dance floor so if you get a particularly rowdy gig, it feels like the whole room is moving and the atmosphere is great. A great example of this was seeing King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizard there, one of the best and most energetic and chaotic live performances I’ve ever seen.
Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Toni: Lana Del Ray. She has really brought out the glam in gloom.
Will: Ty Segall is the first that pops to mind purely because he never stops working and creating consistently brilliant music and evolving his style.
Toni Coe and Will Benson manage Brighton independent venue, The Green Door Store, which since opening in 2011 has earned a reputation as one of the best small venues in the South East for catching local bands as well as seeing visiting national and international talent. Read more about the venue in our Subculture Uncovered feature here.