Ray Davies says ‘Kinks could reunite’

But star would want band to write new material

Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies has said that the seminal band could reform soon.

The star explained that the only stumbling block in a possible reunion was the illness of his brother, guitarist Dave Davies, who suffered a stroke in 2004.

Ray Davies went on to explain that any reunion would be based on the band writing new material, attempting to prevent being seen as a nostalgia act.

“There is a desire to do it [reform],” he told BBC Radio 4. “The thing that would make me decide ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ would be whether or not we could do new songs. I couldn’t do it just for nostalgic reasons. My pitch to the other guys in the band was what would we have written if we hadn’t have had our first hit, ‘You Really Got Me’?

“What if we put ourselves in that situation, what would have happened? I think new work is important for artists as they mature and get older.”

The Kinks formed in 1963 and stopped performing in 1996, when the individual members began pursuing solo projects, with Ray Davies recently joining The Kooks onstage.