Ash’s Tim Wheeler Writes Score for Stone Roses-Inspired ‘Spike Island’ Film
A film based off Manchester legends Stone Roses‘ 1990 concert at Spike Island is in the works, and Ash frontman Tim Wheeler will help bring the project to life. Wheeler has written the score to the movie and will team up with composer Ilan Eshkeri to piece it together.
The feature focuses on an unsigned band from Manchester, which writer Chris Coghill says will be loosely based on the Stone Roses. Coghill had full access to the band’s archives in addition to Wheeler’s score.
“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,” Coghill told NME. “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 elaborated on what Wheeler and Eshkeri are working on for the project. ”The score is being done by Tim Wheeler from Ash and he’s working with a composer named Ilan Eshkeri,” he says. “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.”
Stone Roses made their live return in May in Warrington, England. Watch footage of the band playing ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ here.