So how will this Stone Roses album out?
Let's look at what we know first.
The band have been rehearsing for months and there is talk of new songs existing. Ian Brown himself told us that there were new songs, 'psychedelic pop' he said and reaffirmed this in another conversation a few months later. Members of the inner circle have heard stuff and say it sounds great. So it seems like there is a work in process.
The band could quite easily not release anything and just play the greatest hits for ever like the Pixies do. Somehow the Pixies seem to get away with this, I'm not sure if I have ever seen a bad review of a band who have mercilessly flogged their greatest hits on the live circuit for more than decade. Flogged so much that a reforming band who play no new songs have become called the 'Pixies syndrome'.
The Stone Roses have sneaked new music into their set with the ten minute meltdown of Fools Gold which is forever shape shifting into something else and may give clues to where they could be heading with its long loose jam and stunning playing, although this contradicts with Ian Brown's take on the band writing psychedlic pop.
Many people ask if they will play new songs live but that doesn't make any sense if you look at the way they are operating. This is a band who have done no interviews yet, just that one legendary press conference heralding the come back. This is a band who managed to rehearse in Manchester for months with no one knowing. The Stone Roses are playing their cards very close to their chest and it would seem surprising for them to play new stuff live and for it then to be all over YouTube- that's just a hunch though.
Maybe the Roses album could come out like the recent My Bloody Valentine album- out of the blue and all of a sudden with an announcement and a website- hopefully the Roses website would not crash all night like the Valentines one if they went with this course of action. Of course having the Valentines already doing this makes things tricky- the surprise has lost its element of surprise!
The sudden release, though, still seems to be the most exciting way of getting the release out there. No reviews, just a sudden appearance of a long awaited album.
Could it be this year? There are only two time slots that make any sense- in May just before the big summer festivals and in the autumn before any kind of tour that could be put into place or maybe early next year with a whole new plan of action built around it. Would America be a factor? Would Coachella be a convenient launch pad for an album in a country where the band are a cult and not legendary yet like in the UK? Or would Coachella be a chance to start a buzz and a follow up tour of 2000 capacity venues a consolidation?
Whatever, it's intriguing trying to second guess the bands's plans…