Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Only Jukebox Music : The Kinks Begin Work On First Album Since 1993

The Kinks have started working on their first new album since 1993’s Phobia.

Speaking to, the band’s principle songwriter Ray Davies reveals that his recent reworking of Kinks classics for The Kinks Choral Collection has inspired him to start writing for the band once again and he has been in the studio with some of his old bandmates.

"I've been in the studio with a couple of the Kinks, actually," Davies tells -- specifically original drummer Mick Avory and later members Jim Rodford on bass and Ian Gibbons on keyboards. "We've got four, five new songs...and I'm just sort of getting them motivated and seeing what they're playing like, because I haven't played with the Kinks for eight or nine years."

However, it has not been decided whether Davies’ brother Dave will be a part of any reunion.

"We'll see how he reacts to it," Davies says. "If he's physically able to do it is another matter, because he was quite seriously ill (following a stroke in 2004). But we're in communication, and we're not disregarding it yet."

Work on the new Kinks material has been currently been put on hold, though, while Davies tours his Kinks Choral Collection in the US.

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