Ash’s Tim Wheeler to score The Stone Roses’ ‘Spike Island’ film

Writer Chris Coghill also clears up the reports that he's heard the band's new material

Ash frontman Tim Wheeler has written the score for the new film which is set during The Stone Roses‘ 1990 Spike Island show.

Wheeler, who is currently working on new material with Ash, has worked with celebrated composer Ilan Eshkeri on the score for the film, which revolves around an unsigned band from a council estate in Manchester.

Speaking to NME, the film’s writer Chris Coghill also confirmed that he had access to the entire Stone Roses back catalogue for the movie’s soundtrack as well as Wheeler’s score.

Asked how many Stone Roses songs would feature on the soundtrack, he told NME: “Not entirely sure. Before we even started getting the ball rolling on the film, we knew we had to be able to use the music as it’s vital to the film. We got it signed off straight away, so we’ve got access to the entire back catalogue. There’ll be a few other tracks by the other Manchester bands as well.”

Coghill then outlined that Wheeler would be writing new music for the score, adding: “The score is being done by Tim Wheeler from Ash and he’s working with a composer named Ilan Eshkeri. There’s two bands in the film, one of whom are our heroes, they’re called Shadowcaster, and a rival band who are called The Palava. Tim’s written two original tracks, one for each band to use.”

Coghill also commented on reports that he said the reunited band have “at least three or four new songs recorded”, saying that he had actually been commenting on rumours and hasn’t heard anything himself.

He said: “The original interview has been twisted into something completely different. It’s been widely reported that I’ve said that the band have got three or four tracks recorded.”

He continued: “I made the mistake of commenting on rumours, I don’t know if they’ve recorded anything or not. It’s a story that isn’t a story. I’ve got no idea if they’ve recorded anything.”

The Stone Roses made their live comeback last night (May 23), playing a rapturously received show at Warrington Parr Hall. It was the band’s first show with drummer Alan ‘Reni’ Wren since their Glasgow Green performance in June 1990.

The Manchester legends, who announced last year that they had reunited, played an 11-song set, with no encore, but did include classics ‘Sally Cinammon’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’ and set closer ‘Love Spreads’. They didn’t debut any new material.

The show will act as warm-up for the band’s summer European tour, which kicks off in Barcelona next month. The band will then play their first scheduled UK shows in Manchester’s Heaton Park on June 29, 30 and July 1.

Following the hometown shows, they’ll then play at Dublin’s Phoenix Park (5) and Spain’s Benicassim (12-15), along with shows in Italy and the Far East.

The Stone Roses are also playing at this year’s T In The Park, which is taking place July 6-8 in Balado Park, Kinross. To check the availability of T In The Park 2012 tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.