Yesterday we had the first new material released by The Stone Roses since the single Ten Storey Love Song was released in March 1995 which featured b side tracks Moses and Ride On.
There was huge anticipation on social media around yesterday’s release and what it would sound like, would they go back to the roots of the debut album? Would they hark back to the blues effused Second Coming? Or would they reach greater heights?
Having personally first heard the Roses around March 1989 first where I heard Made Of Stone for me they had quiet a big void to fill. Did they manage to fill it? Yes there was bounce, yes there was huge Squire guitar licks, yes Ian sung the catchy chorus with the same debut album angelic tones, yes mani’s bass was thumping and yes Reni’s drums where full on skipping to the beat, but it didn’t quite justify the hype, here’s hoping for more wig outs on the yet unreleased album.
Here’s some other little heard tunes, old and new, that you might say are of a greater force of nature than All For One:
The Rainkings – Low Hit
Featuring the vocal talents of Stephen Holt from The Inspiral Carpets, Low Hit is a full on belting tune, with a more than catchy chorus, massive guitar licks, plenty of Hammond organ.
One Summer – Can’t Stop Fallin
Manchester supergroup One Summer features THE HIGH’s John Matthews on vocals and Chris Goodwin on drums, ET, formerly a member of Turning Blue and mate of John & Chris, Fitz on guitar.
One Summer formed in the aftermath of THE HIGH splitting and set Manchester alight with their summer time catchy tunes, selling out The Hacienda and playing at Paul Gallaghers 30th Birthday party. Can’t Stop Fallin catches them at their musical height, a stunning tune, full on passion and riding high on a gut full of great British rock pop.
The Stairs – 1000 Miles Away
There’s always plenty of debate when discussing bands from Manchester & Liverpool. The Roses or The La’s, The Smiths or Echo & The Bunneymen, Oasis or Cast, The Beatles or The Hollies, I could go on.
To rival The Roses at present we have The Stairs from Liverpool, reformed in 2015 with all 3 original members Edgar Jones, Ged Lynn & Paul McGuire, they are about to take in their first uk tour playing Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester & Glasgow, and have new tracks to boot. 1000 Miles Away comes from a session played on Marc Riley 6 music show and shows The Stairs at their stunning Physc best. You catch further news by The Stairs on Twitter & Facebook
Whiteout – No Time
For years many have scratched their heads wondering why Whiteout never fully reached the same giddy heights of Oasis when they played often with such beauty and had had magnificently structured songs, including No Time. In the same ilk as All For One, No Time has a call to action ‘no time to live for tomorrow, I’ve got to live for today!’, possibly more positive than building a wall? You can catch Whiteout on Facebook, with new unreleased material soon to be released.