The Kinks, one of many best bands of the ’60s and ’70s, have been at all times pushed by the tempestuous relationship between brothers and bandmates Ray and Dave Davies. After they broke up in 1996, they stayed damaged up, even after the waves of reunion-mania that adopted. However now it appears like we’d truly get to listen to new Kinks music. Final 12 months, Ray Davies raised the potential of a reunion: “The difficulty is, the 2 remaining members — my brother Dave and Mick [Avory, the original drummer] — by no means obtained alongside very nicely. However I’ve made that work within the studio and it’s fired me as much as make them play more durable, and with hearth.” And now Dave Davies says that they’re truly engaged on music collectively.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Dave says that the surviving Kinks have been working arduous on a 50th-anniversary reissue of the Kinks’ 1969 idea album Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire). That reissue, Dave says, will likely be prepared for the album’s anniversary in October: “That’s nearly accomplished. It’s a very, actually fascinating package deal that’s going to produce other songs from that point interval like [my solo song] ‘Maintain My Hand.’”
However whereas they’ve been engaged on this, they’ve additionally been going over their older songs, together with some which can be unreleased and a few which can be unfinished: “This has actually been happening for a few years. We preserve going backwards and listening to a variety of outdated stuff. A few of that is excellent, and a few of it wants a bit of labor.”
So the Kinks are ending and re-recording a few of these older songs, and so they’re additionally recording new songs that Ray has written. Avory performs drums on a few of these songs, and Ben Henrit, one other former Kinks drummer, performs on others. They haven’t but found out who will play bass; former Kinks bassists Pete Quaife and Jim Rodford are each useless. Dave says, “The songs are actually simply in demo type now. However good demos. Ray continues to be dissecting varied different materials we’d use. The intention is to get the work out, but it surely’s not a accomplished deal.” Fingers crossed.
There’s additionally at the very least some chance of one other Kinks tour: “I actually don’t know. I believe its attainable. It’s not out of the query. However at this stage, it’s far too early to say. It might be enjoyable although, wouldn’t it?” However Rolling Stone additionally reviews that he let loose an extended, deep sigh earlier than giving that reply, so possibly don’t maintain your breath on that one.