Nancy Andersen 24 Damp basement in London
Categories: Music, Musician, Performer

Posted: 7th December 2016

Is there anything cooler than a band with a female lead singer? No, we don’t think so. We’ve thought about it and concluded that a girl, on stage, in front of a full, guitars, bass and drum-kit band, singing at full volume has to be one of the most enduring images of coolness ever. Enter Nancy Andersen, lead-vocalist of otherwise five-piece boy-band Babeheaven. The West London band first got together, after Jamie and Nancy, who’d known each other since they were 13, started to mess around with song writing three years ago. Only thing was everyone else took the band rather more seriously. For really obvious reasons, like, umm, that they’re fucking great. Their two official singles “Heaven” and "Moving On” sound like mango Lilt and heartbreak, with a melancholic tinge as sad and as wonderful as Portishead. Nancy’s angelic and wandering vocals often belie the emotional struggles the songs speak of; everything from the loss of Nancy’s mother as a little girl, to unrequited crushes and arguments. It’s in part what seems to be Nancy’s inherent lack of pretension and grounded nature that means everything she turns her hands to appeals real, natural, special and raw- the mark of someone for whom creativity is a life blood and hard work a happy task. There is something of us all in Babeheaven’s music. Maybe that’s the Babeheaven appeal and part of the reason that they’ve graduated from playing in friend’s living rooms to having already supported Loyle Carner and played South London’s cult music-head venue, Corsica. Nancy isn’t rushing anything though; everything for now is on a succulent slow-cook in an anti-instagram-come-X-factor style stance. Her flatmate Tegen does the beautiful Babeheaven artwork, and her sister Lotte, of BabyFace royalty too, can be found centre and front at every gig. While not working with her grandma in an antique shop in Notting Hill, and cooking for one and all, Nancy is mostly at the studio or else, in bed. Welcome then, to Nancy, the true meaning of the word babe.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO...I am the lead singer in a band called Babeheaven, I have also work in an antique shop. HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN A SENTENCE?Caring, supportive, strong but vulnerable. Honest.A DAY IN THE LIFE OF YOU…Wake up, go to work, go to rehearsal/ go studio- come home sleeeeeep.WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET UP?Have a shower/ look at my phone.WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?When I’m cooking, I find it very relaxing.WHO DO YOU ADMIRE? Lots of people, my dad's a legend so is my sister. WHAT'S YOUR CURRENT OBSESSION?Its hard to pin down- I go through fazes, comic books/ “graphic novels” have been a long standing one and music a never ending one.WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE?There’s no point in worrying about things you can’t change.WHAT COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?Too many things to list really. I like my family a lot and my friends too.BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION?Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys- by Viv Albertine. She is so cool! Its the best book I’ve read in agesBEST PARTY YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO?My friend Josh’s 21st in Norfolk. Best weekend of my life, the weather was great the people were great. I got fired from my job for going to it, but by God it was worth it!SONG TO BE PLAYING AS YOU ENTER THE CLUB?Don’t you know- Jan Hammer. I have dreamed about it for a long time. I walk in the lights come on, the DJ points at me, the crowd turns! OH DAYM it's my moment! (very mellow).TIME YOU LAUGHED THE HARDEST?Hard to pin point. I laugh a lot all the time.. Last night I watched The VVitch with my friends it was so funny (I’m laughing thinking about it).WHAT'S YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?A roast chicken with potatoes and all that.. (it also depends on what time of year it, but a chicken works in most seasons(but also loads of my friends are vegetarian so lots of vegetables as well))ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT BEST SUMS YOU UP?Dungarees or my orange corduroy jacket.WHAT WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?I’m so tired/I’m so stressed out/Legend.WHAT'S YOUR PET HATE?Loud chewers send shivers up my spine.WHAT'S NEXT?Put out loads of great music! AND FINALLY...WHO IS YOUR NEXT BABYFACE GIRL SUGGESTION?Who: Tegen Williams
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