File this under: “We've heard this one before” — but the Kinks are puitting together a new album. Dave Davies spoke to Rolling Stone and basically repeated the party line that fans and observers have gotten used to over the years. Dave spoke about the state of the band — featuring himself, brother Ray Davies, and original drummer Mick Avory.
Although years in the making, the Davies brothers are working on the Kinks' first original album since 1993's Phobia. The group — featuring only Ray and Dave Davies from the original line-up — officially disbanded in 1996. Dave revealed that he and Ray recently spent time preparing a 50th anniversary edition of 1969's Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire): “It’s a really, really interesting package that’s going to have other songs from that time period like (my solo song) 'Hold My Hand.'”
Dave explained that some tracks on the upcoming album include Mick Avory on drums with others featuring his replacement, Bob Henrit: “Some we recorded but never used. Others don’t have finished vocals or they need other embellishments. 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.”
When we last caught up with Ray Davies, he told us that he'd been toying with the idea of a new Kinks album featuring both new tracks and recently completed band outtakes. We asked him what we can expect from a new Kinks collection: “There's lots of outtakes in the archives (with) the whole band on, for some reasons I hadn't put vocals down, or the album was finished and we didn't use them. And we found some really good stuff in the archive, and I actually went in the studio with Mick and a couple of the guys without Dave just to see what it was like in the studio together, and we're going to look at this possibility later this year. I'd only put it together if it was a good album and it warranted a release. But we found some great material already recorded. It spans late '70s through to the early '90s — as well as the newer songs that we're sort of thinking of recording.”