The Kinks Working On New Material!
The Kinks performing Waterloo Sunset live, 1973 - WoogieTheCat / Youtube
Punk progenitors, The Kinks, are looking for inspiration from their older material, unearthing both used and unused recordings for their upcoming album! Dave Davies has confirmed that a follow-up to 1994’s To The Bone has been in the works for a couple of years now.
They have confirmed that unreleased songs from their archives are being dug out to be polished and reused, “We keep going backwards and listening to a lot of old stuff. Some of that is very good, and some of it needs a bit of work. Some we recorded but never used. Others don’t have finished vocals or they need other embellishments,” Davies reveals.
Dave also added how his brother and the band’s lead singer, Roy Davies, is working on new compositions as well, “The songs are really just in demo form now – but good demos. Ray is still dissecting various other material we might use. The intention is to get the work out, but it’s not a done deal.”
Mick Avery drums for several tracks on the new album, ever since he departed in 1984, while his replacement Bob Henrit fills in for other records. The band hasn’t decided a bass player since the deaths of Pete Quaife and his replacement Jim Rodford.
The band will also be releasing a 50th anniversary edition of their seminal catalog, Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall Of The British Empire, which will likely be released on October.
When asked if The Kinks would explore the idea of touring again, Davies responded with, “I really don’t know. I think it’s possible. 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?”