Red Sand was created by guitarist Simon Caron, a self-proclaimed David Gilmour, Andy Latimer, Steven Rothery, IQ, BB King and Albert Collins fan. What strikes the listener 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 - even the albums' artwork bears that early Marillion touch; yet for some reason, it all sounds very much Red Sand. Well produced and expertly crafted, their music flows naturally and the themes blend into one another with remarkable ease…
“Human Trafficking” is the third album of this band. Released at the end of 2004, CD entitled “Mirror Of Insanity” turned out to be a real sensation in progressive circles. Red Sand presented three long, very epic suites, which struck the chord with the fans of sound a’la Marillion. The following year, the next album saw the light of day. On “Gentry” Red Sand used patents similar to those on the previous album (two suites plus two shorter tracks), although they recorded it in the fundamentally changed lineup.
Red Sand are a French Canadian band with a hybrid sound of Neo-prog ala Marillion and earlier prog such as Gabriel-era Genesis or some of the Italian bands, with perhaps a very small pinch of Strawbs.
Album Music For Sharks is a cynical concept about the music industry, a subject that always lent itself successfully to sublimate one’s anger into music. Remember Fish. Red Sand still sounds like early Marillion due to the wonderful and moving guitar work in the vein of Steve Rothery, but the musical direction has slightly moved towards modern Pendragon.
Red Sand's music is often compared to the music of early Marillion, mostly due to the vocals that sound like Fish. Also the guitar and keyboard sounds can be compared to Marillion, but Red Sand has much more to offer. Listen for instance to the mellower parts on Behind The Mask that move in an opposite direction. A good example is Reflections, the shortest track, on which you can enjoy outstanding playing on the acoustic guitar. The intro of Memory Of Past has been done in the same style. On this piece you can enjoy beautiful playing on the piano and the cello before another mind-blowing guitar solo enters the song.