The Kinks have revealed that they have put years of animosity behind them and are discussing working on new material.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the band’s Ray Davies has said he and his brother have finally met in person to talk about the possibility of playing together again.
“I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again,” he said. “We’ve also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He’s been composing his own songs, but I’d really like to write with him again. We both agree we don’t want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It’s got to be something new.”
The pair have a notoriously acrimonious relationship and have not played together since 1996. The pair apparently put their differences aside over the new Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon, which opened earlier this year. Ray Davies helped with the script and the music for the show, which Dave saw and reportedly likes.
Earlier this year, Dave Davies described his relationship with his brother Ray as being “toxic”. “The thing is, there’s healthy relationships, and toxic ones,” he said. “And the older I get, the more difficult I find it being around Ray, because – I don’t want to use the word abuse – but I feel my energy seeping away from me sometimes if I’m with him.”
However, the band’s original drummer Mick Avory told Uncut that a reunion was “close” to happening, but Dave added, “I don’t want to see the legacy of the Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”