The band Red Sand was created by guitarist Simon Caron, a self-proclaimed David Gilmour, Andy Latimer, Steven Rothery, IQ, BB King and Albert Collins fan. At age 18, he started a couple of progressive rock bands (Fenixand, Ocean) and then left the music scene for a while. Unable to stay away from prog very long, however, he started to write again, searched for a band to perform his music and was soon surrounded by seasoned musicians most willing to oblige. Thus Red Sand was born. Now many years later Red Sand have released their eight album Forsaken. The title track Forsaken,
What probably strikes the listener when Red Sand plays is how early-Marillion the band sounds without seeming to imitate them. The compositional style, breaks and moods, the Rothery-like guitar play and the Nolan-like keyboard flights all contribute to this impression. The music is well produced and crafted, and the music flows naturally and the themes blend into one another with remarkable ease. The lyrics never sound forced or imitative and the band may not offer anything original in terms of style, but they do deliver neo prog that oozes charm, refinement and professionalism.