By Brian Ives
In an interview with England’s Sunday Times (via The Telegraph) Ray Davies said that the Kinks could reunite for an album and a tour, as the members (mainly Ray and his brother Dave Davies) have resolved their many differences.
There has been rumblings of a Kinks reunion for years, but things picked up steam earlier this year when the Davies brothers and founding Kinks drummer Mick Avory told British magazine Uncut that they were considering a reunion.
The group seem to have reconciled, at least in part, over the British musical Sunny Afternoon, which chronicled the Kinks’ rise to the top of the charts in 1964. Ray told the Sunday Times that “I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again. We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again. We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.”
In November of 2013, when Radio.com interviewed Dave Davies, the guitarist told us that he’d recently been in touch with his brother, exclaiming, “At least we’re talking!” When asked about specifics, he added, “I’m not sure about a tour, but I think we’re going to try and do something. We talked about doing maybe a couple of songs. I’ve written a few songs with that in mind. I’m sure Ray has some ideas, of course.”
However, he also noted that he didn’t want to work with Mick Avory again, but he did mention that he’d like his sons to help out with the project: “I want to maybe get my son Daniel involved. He’s a great guitar player and singer. There was even talk at one point [about working with] my son Russ Davies, he’s got a career doing trance music. I worked with him on an album called The Aschere Project, it’s like a combination of rock meets ethereal landscapes. That was a great experience, and we talked about maybe Russell producing.”
When asked about the involvement of former bassist Jim Rodford, he said, “We’re not sure yet. We haven’t gone that far, to discuss personnel.”
The Kinks founding lineup included the Davies brothers, Avory and bassist Pete Quaife, who died in 2010; Rodford became the band’s bassist in 1978, and remained until their split in the 1990s.
The Kinks’ last performance was on June 15, 1996, at a a festival in Oslo, Norway, and their last new songs were “Animal” and “To the Bone,” from the mostly live 1994 album, To the Bone. Their last full-length was 1993’s Phobia, which included the fittingly titled “Hated (A Duet),” which was, in fact, a duet between the brothers.