My word – they’ve only gone and done it. Today, a day that many may never have thought possible, ends a 21-year-long wait for fans of The Stone Roses in the form of the grand unveiling of the legendary baggy quartet’s brand new single, ‘All For One’.
It’s almost as unlikely a proposition as Leicester City being crowned Premier League champions, but it is a world that we all very much inhabit – the much-hailed return of Ian, Reni, Mani and John to the studio has fully realised Roses devotees’ dreams of a reformed band alive and kicking once again on all fronts.
Premiered tonight (12 May) on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, she revealed the scant few details that have been made available about the composition of the new single: it was produced by Paul Epworth, and recorded at Church Studios in London. But we of course already knew all about the location of their “secret” recording base, having caught up with Ian outside the studio – he proceeded to exclusively tell NME back in March that the sessions were sounding “glorious”.
But just how glorious is ‘All For One’? Naturally, Roses fans promptly took to social media to register their delight, happiness and, yes, even some grumbles regarding the sound of the new single, as the hashtag #stoneroses quickly surged to the top of Twitter’s UK trending topics.
Here’s a straw poll of what fans made of ‘All For One’ on first, second and probably 47th listen.