During The Kinks rise to rock prominence during the 1960s and early 70s, they released such seminal tracks as “You Really Got Me”, “Deadend Street”, and “Waterloo Sunset”. These songs were influential in the development of punk, hard rock, and heavy-metal, as well as future British frontmen like Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn. Even with all the success imaginable, creative turmoil between brothers Dave and Ray Davies led to their dissolution in 1996. Both medical issues and the continued feud between the Davies brothers have made a reunion seem impossible over the last 14 years, and led many to believe the reunion may never occur.
Apparently, the brothers have managed to put their ills behind them, and once again have collaborated on a long awaited new release. During The London Legends of Rock Masterclass in Chiswick, London, The Kinks’ longtime drummer Mick Avory told Spinner, “[The band is] certainly doing another album. We’ve got old tracks which need to be baked. You have to go through this process to transfer them to digital, it’s a bit of a process and you only get one shot at it.” Avory also hinted that they would be working on new material to make up the numbers for an album.
With Avory breaking the news one would expect him to play drums and the brothers to continue their roles, but no mention has been made of studio bassist or keyboardist. Currently, no date has been set for a release, or even when the studio sessions may be taking place. And with Ray Davies currently busy with his own album and tour, these new tracks may not be coming to fruition anytime too soon. But, we’ll keep our fingers crossed.