The Stone Roses “have at least three or four new tracks recorded”, according to Chris Coghill, the writer of the new film which is set at their 1990 Spike Island show.
Coghill, who has penned the film, suitably named Spike Island after the 30,000-capacity Merseyside gig, said when asked if he’d heard any new music that the reformed legends “have at least three or four songs recorded”.
24 Hour Party People actor Coghill has also revealed that the band have given him and the movie “their blessing”. The movie revolves around an unsigned band from a council estate in Manchester.
Speaking to the BBC about the film, which premiered in Cannes last weekend, Coghill said: “Mani and Ian Brown said, ‘Whatever we can do to help.’ Essentially, it’s my love letter to the Stone Roses and being 16 years old in 1990 in Manchester. There’s a little bit of me in all the boys.”
Asked how the band responded, he said: “I’m mates with Mani and I know Ian a bit, and when we first started talking about it, I emailed them both an outline of what we wanted to do and they said, ‘You have our support, you have our blessing, whatever you need.”
The trailer for Spike Island, which has been shown to selected journalists, features several Stone Roses songs. Coghill says he hopes to complete the film by November.
The Stone Roses kick off their reunion gigs with two warm-up shows at Club Razzmatazz in Barcelona on June 8 and 9, before moving on to dates in Holland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and France ahead of their trio of homecoming gigs at Heaton Park (29, 30 and July 1).
Following the hometown shows, they’ll then play at Dublin’s Phoenix Park (5) and Spain’s Benicassim (12-15), along with shows in Italy and the Far East.