File this under: “We've heard this one before” — but Ray Davies says the Kinks are reforming. Davies was busy promoting his latest solo set, titled, Our Country: Americana Act II, which drops on Friday (June 29th), and during an interview with England's Channel 4, spoke about finally getting the band back together for its first original album since 1993's Phobia. The group — featuring only Ray and brother Dave Davies from the original line-up — officially disbanded in 1996. Ray spoke about the state of things these days, “The trouble is, the two remaining members — my brother Dave and (drummer) Mick (Avory) — never got along very well. But I've made that work in the studio and it's fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire (and) recapture those moments. I've got all these songs that I wrote for the band when we — not broke up — parted company, and I think it's kind of an appropriate time to do it.”

He went on to say, “It won't be well-organized like the Rolling Stones. You must praise the Rolling Stones for being great at publicity and a great band great at organizing their careers and Mick (Jagger) has done an incredible PR job and it’s kind of inspiring to see them doing it.”

During the interview Davies took a phone call from Kinks drummer Mick Avory, telling him he would “see (him) in the pub later.” Davies went on to joke, “The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar.”

When we last caught up with Dave Davies, he shed light on the latest string of Kinks activity: “This past year, on and off, we've been working on a few songs — together. So, that's nice. But then he started working on some old outtakes — Kinks stuff — and trying to add some little touches to those. . . and we're trying to work on something, but I can't really see where it's going to end up. I don't know. It's just something we can do it together (sic).”

Source: Pulse of Radio