Bass Gear Magazine Talks An Hour Before It’s Dark with Marillion Bassist Pete Trewavas

Interview by Freddy Villano

Though he’s not an original member of British rock band Marillion, Pete Trewavas did join in 1982, and has subsequently appeared on every single one of the band’s albums, starting with their 1983 debut, Script for a Jester’s Tear (EMI). The band’s 20th studio album, An Hour Before It’s Dark (earMUSIC), was released on March 4th, 2022, and once again features Trewavas’s crafty four-string fretwork. While it’s likely one of the most upbeat albums of Marillion’s career, at the same time, they once again put their finger in the wounds of time.

Founded in 1979, Marillion has become one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands of their generation and remain one of the most innovative representatives of the genre. Always seemingly ahead of their time, they embraced the potential of the Internet long before their peers, with great success, which has led to more direct interaction with their fanbase. In fall 2022, they will embark on a major European tour in support of An Hour Before It’s Dark.

In addition to Marillion, Trewavas is also a member of progressive rock supergroup Transatlantic, as well as KINO and Edison’s Children. BGM caught up with Trewavas recently to discuss, among other things, the new Marillion album, his recording techniques, and, of course, his bass gear.