The Stone Roses have about three or four new songs already recorded, according to Chris Coghill, the screenwriter for a new film that is based on the band’s legendary 1990 Spike Island show that saw 27,000 people attend and launch the band into the media spotlight.
Speaking to the BBC, Coghill, who also starred in classic Manchester music film 24 Hour Party People as Bez, says that the band members “have at least three or four new songs” that he’s heard, after the band gave him “their blessing” to do the film.
After the band’s reformation last year, it was revealed that they had signed two record deals in the UK and US ahead of what could be a new album release, their first in 17 years. Universal will be handling the band’s release in the UK, and Columbia will do likewise in US.
The signings were confirmed via the band’s Facebook page. Hints that the band were in the process of writing came early last year when frontman Ian Brown mentioned that he and guitarist John Squire had been writing new material shortly after they had made amends.
It’s not clear how many albums they’ve agreed to, but this could be the first new recorded material since 1994 album The Second Coming.