"The Yorkshire Mistress Of Self-Expression..."
The Bleeding Obvious is the musical project of Yorkshire lass Jessica Rowbottom. A self-confessed 'queerdo' who released her debut album The Bleeding Obvious in 2015 to critical acclaim, she is currently tackling the thorny subject of coming out as LGBT+ and self-identification with her new show and followup album Rainbow Heart.
"Back in the 1980s I grew up with synthesiser pop, but as a chorister at Wakefield Cathedral I was involved in classical music, singing in Latin, accompanied by these fantastic church organs, huge instruments!" Jess explains. "Then I programmed BBC Micros at school to make music, got involved in theatre for a bit and married a classically-trained musician who introduced me to all sorts of new ideas. Different sounds and mixed acoustics have always been a big thing."
Jessica sings and also plays a diverse range of instruments including keyboards, organs, acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, ukulele, recorder, melodica, and modified childrens' toys such as a Speak'n'Spell. As a result her work sashays effortlessly between genres including pop, electro, chiptune, spoken word and disco.
Currently touring her new one-woman music-and-standup show Rainbow Heart in venues around the UK, Jessica draws favourable comparisons with the work of Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin. The show features songs about gender identity and coming out, interspersed with anecdotes and tales inspired by the process.
She is also a big fan of collaboration, and occasionally performs a joint show with poet Ralph Dartford titled Swoon!. Based on the Kinks' song Waterloo Sunset, it tells the story of Terry and Julie through spoken word soundtracked by a heady mix of trip-hop, classical, ambient and electronica.
"Personal yet accessible, tongue in cheek but with a stiletto firmly on the dancefloor."
Tom Newton, Yorkshire Evening Post
"Harnesses the lyrical poignancy of arch agitators Chumbawamba to the futuristic beat of The Pet Shop Boys and the northern directness and dark, social exploration of Reverend and The Makers."
Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture
"Clearly a work of deep passion."
Thomas Bedward, Broken 8 Records