Calgary Darlings – The Nancees
From opening for Crocodiles and Dum Dum Girls to playing in the men’s change room at a local swimming pool. The Nancees offer a sound that makes for a perfect backdrop to a beach party movie out of the ‘60s. But don’t mistake these boys for a wholesome surf rock band, they get a kick out of causing a ruckus and have even lost a body part on the way.
The four and I met at a pub last week to talk about their upcoming album, Sled Island show, and the days of jamming in a condemned basement.
Calgary Is Awesome: So I read somewhere that you guys all worked at a clothing store together. How influential was retail in the formation of The Nancees?
Marcel Vollet: I’m going to say not at all. Tyler, Jordan & Alex all worked together, and Alex & I lived together. Eventually we all got to know each other over drinks and stuff at our place. And there was this Velvet Underground song, Sister Ray, that we loved, so we decided to just start playing it. The house we lived in was on its way to getting knocked down by the city for some other development and the basement was this dirt dungeon blocked off by the city due to asbestos. But we still used it as our jam space, afterward I’m pretty sure we all had a cold that lasted like 6 months.
Alex Judge: The four of us were all guitar players too, and that wasn’t going to work so we divvied up the roles. Tyler had last dibs so he got the drums and I got the bass.