Classic Rock

Kinks Reunion Likely

Dave Davies reveals “good demos” now exist.

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The possibilit­y of a reunion of The Kinks now seems more likely than at any point in recent years. Last summer, in an interview with Channel 4, singer and songwriter Ray Davies hinted that a new Kinks album with his guitarist brother Dave and drummer Mick Avory could be on the cards. “The trouble is, the two remaining members, my brother Dave and Mick, never really got along very well,” he said. “But I made that work in the studio – it fired me up to make them play harder and with fire. So if I can recapture those moments… I’ve got some great Kinks tunes in my head.”

Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Dave has given further insight into what the pair have been up to over the past year: “The songs are really just in demo form now – but good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material that we might use. The intention is to get the work out,” he says, tantalisin­gly adding the disclaimer: “But it’s not a done deal.”

The brothers have also been working on a 50th anniversar­y edition of the group’s seventh album, Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire), which is set for an October 25 release via BMG.

“That’s virtually done,” Dave reveals. “It’s a really interestin­g package that’s going to have other songs from that time period like my solo track Hold My Hand.”

In bringing the project together, Dave reports that the siblings have stumbled across other songs in their archive which have never been released but admits that some of it “needs a bit of work”.

Rolling Stone say that Ray has been adding touches to some of those older tracks while also working on new material, while Avory drums on a selection of songs, with the trio joined in the studio by bassist Bob Henrit.

As for a possible tour, Dave comments: “It’s not out of the question. But at this stage, it’s far too early to say. It would be fun though, wouldn’t it?” SM

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Something’s cookin’: The Kinks to return?

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