The Stone Roses release a new song for the first time in 21 years featuring an upbeat psych-rock track called “All For One.” The song, debuting in the U.K. and made available to buy and stream with a possible album tour to be announced, has a fluid guitar riff and optimistic lyrics that pick up exactly where the band left off in 1995.
Hints about the track first appeared at the start of the week, when the bands’ lemon logo appeared on billboards around Manchester, the Rolling Stone reports. On Thursday afternoon, they announced the single’s imminent arrival on Twitter, but gave no clues as to the name or style they were doing.
As the Stone Roses release a new song, it ends years of speculation, and is expected to herald a third album by the influential Mancunian band. Stone Roses members had discussed new material ever since they reformed in 2011, but nothing has emerged until now.
Speaking in 2011, singer Ian Brown said: “It’s not a trip down memory lane, not at all. We are doing new songs.” No songs appeared.
Last year, bassist Mani said the band had “been working on a few bits” and a new album was coming in “2015 man, 2015!” No songs appeared.
And in March 2016, Brown confirmed that the quartet were in the studio with Paul Epworth (Adele, Primal Scream, Florence and the Machine, Paul McCartney). “It’s going like a dream,” he said. “It sounds glorious.”
While the Stone Roses release a new song, fans who had spotted the band visiting Epworth’s Church Studios in North London were previously told The Stone Roses was rehearsing for upcoming shows at T in the Park, Madison Square Garden and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, Sky News HD reported. The cover convinced fans, and the question on whether they would release another single was put to rest.
Supposedly named after a novel by Sarah Gainham, the band were at the forefront of the “Madchester” indie scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which also spawned the likes of Happy Mondays and The Charlatans. They scored hits with tracks including Fools Gold, I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums and Love Spreads - their biggest single, reaching number two in 1994; while their eponymous 1989 album is regarded as a seminal work, combining psychedelic pop and funky baselines.
Legal wranglings as they tried to part company with their original record label kept the band occupied until 1991, after which they took another three years to produce the follow-up, Second Coming. Drummer Reni quit in 1995, followed months later by guitarist John Squire.
The Stone Roses struggled on for another six months with former Simply Red session guitarist Aziz Ibrahim before finally splitting up against a backdrop of internal arguments and legal cases. Frontman Brown went on to pursue a solo career (and made a brief cameo in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) while bassist Mani joined Primal Scream. Squire formed his own band The Seahorses and has also forged a career as an artist.
Their 2011 reunion was triggered by the death of Mani’s mother, as well as a detente between Brown and Squire, but recording sessions seemed to have been fruitless - with the Stone Roses presumably wary of tarnishing their legacy.
Contact Music said the band became a bankable live act. Fans snapped up 150,000 tickets for their first two reunion shows in Heaton Park, Manchester, in summer 2012 in just 14 minutes, and that prompted the Stone Roses to release a new song as fans demanded more.