In all, ‘Things As They Appear’ is probably as good as contemporary progressive rock gets – there’s guitar a-plenty, there’s soaring keyboards, the drums are well up in the mix (always a good thing) and there’s an intelligent and relevant libretto delivered with passion.
Not only (yet) another contender for ‘Album Of The Year’ but also an urgent invitation to check out their back catalogue. *****
Review by Alan Jones - Get Ready To Rock. 2019
Red Bazar formed in 2007 as an instrumental trio featuring Andy Wilson on guitar, Paul Comerie on drums and Mick Wilson on bass and keyboards. The line-up released two albums, ‘Connections’ and ‘Differential Being’, and a three track EP, ‘Beyond The Ice Storm’. The releases were well received by audiences and critics alike and the band developed a reputation for their live performances. To expand on the sound, the band recruited keyboard player Gary Marsh and soon after teamed up with singer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones.
This line up released the first Red Bazar vocal album, ‘Tales From The Bookcase’. The album was voted runner up in the Classic Rock Society album of the year awards 2016 and appeared in a number of top 10 album listings including magazines, radio stations and internet sites.
Progressive Aspect reported ‘Red Bazar may just have released one of the Prog albums of the year’
The band played a large number of gigs throughout 2016 and 2017 and featured on a number of festivals and continued to develop their live performance and show.
2019 saw the release of the latest album ‘Things As They Appear’ which the band followed up with a series of gigs throughout the first part of the year. The album has retained the bands prog foundations but added a more direct and rockier sound which has broadened the fan base. Both the album and the live shows have received high praise.
November 2020 saw the release of a live DVD filmed at the album launch of ‘Things As They Appear’ at the Borderij in the Netherlands. The band is currently writing new tracks for the next album which will be released later in 2021.
Andy is from Nottingham, UK. He started learning classical guitar when he was seven but switched to electric guitar when he was 11. Since then he has played with many bands covering lots of genres. He has played gigs around the world including several festivals such as Wacken (Germany) and Metal Meltdown in Philadelphia (USA). Since Red Bazar formed in 2007 Andy has been guitarist but still enjoys playing with other bands and musicians, including jazz.
Guitars: Charvel, Jackson, Ibanez, Gibson and Fender
Amps by Messa Boogie and Lee Jackson
Cabs by Marshall and Kustom
Effects By Boss, Alesis & Roland
Paul is from Nottingham, UK. He started playing drums when he was four. He has since played with several bands and played around the world with them. Paul studied many different styles of drumming which can be heard in his playing.
Pearl Master Drums
2" x 2" timbre for sticks!
Mick is from Nottingham, UK. He started his musical life on clarinet aged 9. He took his performance diploma at 14 and played with several orchestras and wind bands, touring Europe and continues to play bass clarinet with the Phoenix Clarinet Choir.
He started playing bass guitar at 14 and played in many different bands in many different genres including a folk band called Sticky Willy! Since joining Red Bazar in 2007 he has also honed his skills on keyboards and double bass. Mick also currently plays bass for Nottingham Prog band Coralspin and Prog genius 'Peter Jones' aka 'Tiger Moth Tales'.
Basses: Rickenbacker, ESP, Dean & Fandec
Ampeg Portaflex PF-500 head
Ampeg Portaflex PF-115HE cab
Ampeg Portaflex PF-410HLF cab
Effects: Line-6 Helix, IK Multimedia and Sansamp
Pete was born on October 6th 1980. At fifteen months Pete lost his sight due to Retinoblastoma. From an early age he was into all things musical and at the age of four had his first piano.
"Music has always been a huge part of my life. How much of that was influenced by my sight loss it's impossible to say, but i've always had a knack of picking up music by ear pretty quickly." (Pete)
Throughout his school years he took part in all kinds of musical activities ñ school plays, music festivals and concerts. One of the highlights of his young life was winning the junior final of BBC’s ‘Song for Christmas’ in 1988. Around this time he started to be aware of the music in the charts and was also influenced by music his parents listened to. Artists such as Phil collins, Paul McCartney and George Michael were big influences, along with bands including Queen, Genesis, the Beatles and the Carpenters.