SARA DALLIN – Thanks! Our last album release was ‘Drama’ in 2005. But it’s great to be back with Viva Bananarama. We recorded it with Ian Masterson and handed the finished project to Fascination so it is exactly as we wanted it to sound. We have been touring abroad, played some festivals in Germany and Denmark and also headlined the pop tent at the Isle of Wight festival… that sort of thing.
KEREN WOODWARD – The exposure has been amazing and everyone we have met have seemed genuinely pleased for us. We would love the album to do well as we want to tour next year. We are playing a gig at the Garage in London put on by HMV. It’s for fans who buy the album there…
KW – Yes, we were originally approached to record our favourite songs but the more original tracks we wrote the less that idea appealed.
SD – The covers have been used on the various single formats. I think ‘The Sound of Silence’ is really popular with people…
SD – We discuss with our producer and good friend Ian Masterson the kind of music we want to make, listen to lots of dance stuff, pop stuff. Sit at the computer and mess around with different sounds. He then gives us rough backing tracks to write to. I write the lyrics so I come up with the idea for the song which is usually suggested by the music and then get a rough melody in my head. Then Keren and I work on the melodies together. She’s pretty good at arranging stuff.
SD – No we have always wanted to work with the Pets from way back but it hasn’t happened so far. We adore them!
KW – We really hope the album works because we would love to tour next year. Our manager is in talks at the moment!
SD – To be honest as we were doing a lot of live shows we wanted to update the older tracks. It just seems that Cruel Summer is so popular around the world that it was put on one of the formats. It’s not something I would necessarily choose to do!
SD – We see Siobhan from time to time but she is in LA a lot, as her sons live there. We have no plans to tour with her though…
KW – It’s difficult to know how you are perceived but a few journalists have said we are one of the most underrated bands. I think the statistics and success speak for themselves and we’ve had hits worldwide including four US top ten singles and a number one single over there!
SD – The tour would be an immediate ambition. I could record forever, but failing that I want to write for other artists so that’s probably the path we’ll take eventually.
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