Good news if you’re a Kinks fan. It has been revealed that brothers Ray and Dave Davis have been spending time together writing and that the two have new material that will be released as a new album set for release at the end of 2019.
As well as the two brothers, the other surviving member of the original lineup, drummer Mick Avory is also part of the new project. The new material is said to include redeveloped archive material as well as newly written material.
Dave Davis said: “Ray and I are trying to get all these ideas together so that, hopefully, there might be a Kinks thing out at the end of the …year,” he also explained that “a good six to 10 songs” were in development: “I’m hoping to write some lyrics for some of Ray’s songs, which might be a nice idea, emotionally apart from anything else.
“When we first started … getting together, Ray played me some tapes, and I played him a couple of my ideas,” Dave explained. “And I found … it’s the humor, it’s the fun of it that came back. The flood of laughter and fun and silliness. It’s like, it doesn’t really matter, any of it, but when love is there, everything makes sense and everything’s important.”
Dave also talked of the expectations of fans looking for a reunion, saying: “all these great albums and … songs that Ray has written, it’s not that important, but … it is important. … It’s a tremendous, not responsibility, but we want people to be happy. … People have difficult lives … and being a Kinks fan can’t be easy.”
Drummer Mick Avory reported last year that he and Davis brothers were back on speaking terms following a breakdown in their relationship in 1984. The three men had attended an art exhibition together, and Avory said they had “a couple of pictures taken together and a chat, and yeah, that was good.”