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“Once we went into recording Weather Diaries, I sensed it wasn’t going to be a one-of. It was back to thinking, ‘Yeah, this is my band’ and that feeling has stayed. Hopefully we can do another 10 albums before we die… which is a concern these days!”

Ride’s well-received 2017 comeback album Weather Diaries was only the start. What’s happened next has seen Ride become spectacular again. As the stunning This Is Not A Safe Place continues their new chapter as a proper working band, they tell John Earls about the joys and frustrations of being back together, hugging the boss… and out-singing Michael Bolton on Top Of The Pops.
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One hell of a Ride: (l to r) Mark Gardener, Steve Queralt, Loz Colbert and Andy Bell
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By rights, Ride’s reunion should have been a familiar story. Their return to touring in 2015 after 19 years apart was followed two years later by an engaging, up for it comeback album. Weather Diaries was better than most records by bands who had been dormant for so long. Nobody would have complained if our heroes disappeared off into the sunset again, or settled into a cosy routine of festival appearances and the occasional headline show.

Instead, Ride have decided to be Ride all over again. Properly. Which has meant another, better new album with This Is Not A Safe Place and determined talk that they’re already thinking of further future records. “Once we went into recording Weather Diaries‚ I sensed it wasn’t going to be a one-off?’ explains Andy Bell. “It was back to thinking, ‘Yeah, this is my band’ and that feeling has stayed. Hopefully we can do another 10 albums before we die… which is a concern these days!” Sat with bassist Steve Queralt in Bell’s local café in North London, the pair break into delighted laughter. In their late 40s, the jokes may now be about mortality, but the important thing is they’re joking again. All four of Ride are clearly back to being mates.

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Issue 29 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Unknown Treasures! This issue's bumper cover story is a definitive list of 150 albums you need to discover. We've recruited 30 of the most well-known, passionate record collectors in the country to bring you their list of the hidden gems missing from your collection. From record shop owners to label bosses, bands and festival organisers, your collection needs their recommendations. Elsewhere, we speak to Ride about the second album of their incredible comeback, This Is Not A Safe Place, find out why Hot Chip's A Bath Full Of Ecstasy is already one of the most positive records of 2019 and meet a true modern folk hero, Jake Xerxes Fussell. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we speak to some of the key figures behind Prince's new Originals collection, salute a pair of female punk pioneers, celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Order's Technique and tell the story of Fierce Panda, the indie label that discovered Coldplay. With the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand, Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.

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