Introducing: The Bleeding Obvious
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.
GIVE 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.
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.
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.
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.
WHO 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.
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.”
For more info visit: bleedingobvious.uk