Babeheaven, the project of West Londoners Nancy Andersen and Jamie Travis, have shared their latest single, ‘Craziest Things’, along with a video from the award-winning illustrator and animator, Sacha Beeley. The track is taken from the duo’s much anticipated debut album, Home For Now, which will be released on November 20 via AWAL, and follows the singles ‘Cassette Beat’ and ‘Human Nature’. About the track, Nancy said: “On ‘Craziest Things’, I explore my anxiety and insomnia, not being able to make sense of my emotions and running around in a state of mania.”
Babeheaven, who have performed live at The Scala in London and have sold out headline shows at Bush Hall, Jazz Cafe and Bussey Building, also announce a London headline show at Village Underground on February 23. Following tours as special guests of Loyle Carner, Cigarettes After Sex, Nilüfer Yanya and The Japanese House, the band has also been invited to tour as special guests of Rhye around Europe in April 2021.
The project of lifelong friends Nancy Andersen (vocals) and Jamie Travis (instruments and production), Babeheaven is the work of two creatives united by a similar outlook on life and the organic nature of true creativity. Introduced to one another aged 13, they stayed in touch, and found their lives colliding once more as adults. Both with musical tendencies handed down from their fathers - Nancy’s a commercial jingle writer, Jamie’s the founder of Rough Trade Records – the pair soon found themselves working on tracks every evening, initially as part of a wider group but soon just the two of them when they realised how much they had in common.
“As a person of colour and a plus-size woman, I’ve never felt that comfortable with myself as a performer,” she says. “Over lockdown I've had a lot more time to think about how I want to be perceived on stage. I used to have really bad anxiety before a show - plunging straight into a song and not looking up until the end of the song where I can look around for affirmation from everyone in the band and crowd. It’s been really valuable to work on remembering that I’m on that stage for a reason, particularly as a person of colour. I think it’s important for an alternative band to be fronted by somebody you wouldn’t normally see - I don’t need to be over-sexualised, or our music to be put into a box of R&B, just because of my skin or body type.”
Babeheaven tour dates:
Tue 23 Feb 2021-London-Village Underground
Tue 06 Apr 2021-Dublin-Academy