Introducing THE BLEEDING OBVIOUS

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Kaleidoscope of style and sounds from Wakefield songwriter and collaborator…

YOUR NAME: Jessica Rowbottom
BAND NAME: The Bleeding Obvious
WHAT DO YOU DO/PLAY? Pretty much everything, from keyboards to drums to guitar to Speak’n’Spell
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER AS A BAND/PLAYING MUSIC? All my life, but I started The Bleeding Obvious about a year ago.

the bleeding obviousGIVE US 3 REASONS WHY WE SHOULD TRACK DOWN, LISTEN AND DISCOVER YOUR MUSIC?
It’s a mix of every genre you can think of – I’ve never been afraid to mix a particular style with something else to make new flavours.
You’ll hear something new in the arrangement every time you hear it as well – like flavours coming together on a plate.
…and it’s passionate.

The Bleeding Obvious: “I’d love a proper Wurlitzer”

WHERE DO YOU SOUND BEST – FESTIVAL, CLUB, BEDROOM – OR SOMEWHERE ELSE?
On a decent pair of headphones, with a glass of wine.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST …
RECORD? Blondie’s ‘Heart Of Glass’ – I nagged my grandmother to buy me a copy.
CD? Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour
DOWNLOAD? Oh goodness… um, probably something off MP3.com as it was then. I think it might actually have been ‘Hurt’ by Mesh.

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES RIGHT AND YOU’VE GOT A MANSION AND A SUPERMODEL GIRL/BOYFRIEND, WHAT WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INDULGENCE?
I would love a proper huge Wurlitzer theatre organ. I’m not entirely sure why, but it’s something I’ve always coveted. And a full symphonic orchestra.

The Bleeding Obvious: “Sounded pretty darn good”

SO, WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG AND YOU’VE ACRIMONIOUSLY BROKEN UP CITING HUGE MUSICAL DIFFERENCES, WHAT DO YOU FALL BACK ON?
I go back to where I used to sit in Wakefield Cathedral Choir. My spot at Dec Treble 2 (front right hand side, second group up). Although I’m not religious, the music is what got me into interesting arrangements in the first place.

PLEASE CITE SOME INTER-BAND MUSICAL DIFFERENCES…
Well, since it’s just me, I’d argue there are no differences. But sometimes I’ll go back to a mix and go “argh, what the heck was I thinking!” The spend the next week trying to fix it before ditching everything and realising the first mix sounded pretty darn good and I shouldn’t have tried mucking about with it.

the bleeding obviousWHO ARE YORKSHIRE’S FINEST IN CULTURE, SPORT AND MUSIC?
Culture? I always have time for A Firm Of Poets, who are a loosely-defined performance group bringing poems to the masses. Actually, anything in the Ossett or Wakefield scenes is usually pretty good.
Sports-wise, I’m not really into it but I’m a passive follower of Sheffield Wednesday (as per the family tradition). My son goes to the matches more than I do though.
Music? I love Galaxians. I think they’re great. Also Submotion Orchestra – I discovered them at Beacons Festival back in 2013 and they’re still my go-to for relaxing in bed on a night. Good Leeds acts.

The Bleeding Obvious: “I’d want Nile Rodgers on guitar”

NAME YOUR SUPERGROUP – WHO’S PLAYING WHAT AND WHO’S ON VOCALS?
I’ll start with keys since it’s my own instrument but I’d have to start with Tony Banks. His arrangements and playing, especially in Gabriel-era Genesis, is phenomenal. I think I’d put Anthony Gonzalez from M83 somewhere in the mix too. On drums would be my old pal Rob Taylor who played with my first band about a decade ago. He actually plays the drums and I’m lucky to have him on one of my album tracks. I think I’d want Nile Rodgers on guitar, and then let’s stick Jaco Pastorius on bass as well. Can I have Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister on vocals too please? I love her voice.

GO SEE THIS FILM: So I Married An Axe Murderer
GO READ THIS BOOK: Mick Middles’ Factory: The Story Of The Record Label
GREAT LOST BAND/ARTIST: Kirsty Maccoll
WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SUPPORTING: Bros!
LONDON, L.A OR LEEDS?: Hah! Leeds!

AND FINALLY … AS YOU LEAVE THE STAGE, WHAT ARE YOUR PARTING WORDS.
“See, I told you this would all be an anecdote one day.”

The Bleeding Obvious release the new album on 17 November 2016, on red vinyl, CD and digital download. It encompasses everything from pounding electronic club beats to orchestral soundscapes and soulful funk-pop.
For more info visit: bleedingobvious.uk

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