Bananarama kicked off their U.S. tour last night in New York, an eight-date trek that doesn’t include a San Francisco stop, which seems quite ridiculous. But being home to a Hard Rock Cafe is the prerequisite for a visit from the veteran British pop duo, and while the City By The Bay is uber-permissive in nearly all other matters, fast-casual chains enjoy no such free love. Our loss, on both counts.
Thus having seen Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin trill “Cruel Summer” on Monday’s Watch What Happens Live is as close as I will get to Bananarama this time around — cruel, indeed — but the duo does have a new EP that’s worth some quality time.
Released to coincide with their stateside jaunt, Now Or Never sports two new songs, the title track and “La La Love,” as well as a wholly unnecessary cover of Maroon 5′s “Moves Like Jagger” and a remix of “Now Or Never.” All of the tracks were produced by Ian Masterson, who helmed Bananarama’s last studio album, 2009′s Viva. (He’s also one-half of ace remix duo Trouser Enthusiasts.)
“Now Or Never” is an emotional dance-pop tune with synth stabs aplenty, but “La La Love” is the standout. An electro-disco stomper with a rubberband bass, it’s like Kylie crossed with Sunscreem’s “Love U More” and utterly transcendent.
Unfortunately, Bananarama has only posted snippets of all four Now Or Never tracks. Hit play at :33 for a preview of “La La Love’” and put your hands up if you feel la-la-love tonight.