Frontman Ray Davies will reunite with brother Dave Davies and drummer Mick Avory as one of the most influential Britsh bands ever gets set to write a new chapter.

By Daniel Herborn

Posted on June 28, 2018

In an interview with the BBC’s Channel Four, singer Ray Davies casually told the stunned interviewer: “The Kinks are getting back together.”

After taking a phone call from drummer Mick Avory mid-interview, the 74-year-old Davies went on to say that the trio planned both new songs and further touring.

“We’ve been talking about it because I’ve got all these songs that I wrote, then the band — not broke up, we parted company — and I think it’s kind of an appropriate time to do it,” he said.

Davies had been promoting Our Country: Americana II a rootsy collaboration with American alternative country band The Jayhawks.

He said the reunion had been inspired by the latter-day productivity of The Rolling Stones, who remain one of the biggest touring artists in the world. “It won’t be well-organised like The Rolling Stones…The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar,” he added.

Davies conceded that the trio had often been volatile but said the group had a kind of musical telepathy that he wanted to recapture. “I’ve got some great Kinks tunes in my head,” he said.

The new record would be the first fresh material since 1993 album Phobia. They had previously split in 1996.

The enduring influence of The Kinks

The Kinks formed back in 1964 and went on to release a string of classic singles such as ‘All Day and All of the Night’, ‘You Really Got Me’ and ‘Sunny Afternoon’ during the height of Merseybeat. Their bittersweet ‘Waterloo Sunset’ regularly appears on lists of the best pop singles ever.

They were also very much a great album band, with records such as Something Else, The Village Green Preservation Society and Face to Face all hailed as masterpieces.

Despite a lack of recent activity, their buoyant melodicism and ability to paint memorably sardonic portraits of English life meant they never really faded from relevance. Their influence is writ large on acclaimed bands such as Blur, Pulp and The Divine Comedy.