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20
Aug

FLYING COLORS Debut First New Video

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Flying Colors have released their new video for the song Mask Machine. View it here:
 

 
Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band'sSECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.
The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy(Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass playerDave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.
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Tue
05
Aug

FLYING COLORS Announce Australian Release For October 3

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Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced an October 3 release date in Australia for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories Recordings label, part of the Mascot Label Group. The album will be distributed locally by Warner.
 
 
 
Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas), drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting.
 
The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors as among the most fascinating releases of 2012. The UK’s Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as “fearless”, praising its “Journey-sized choruses” and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse and even Frank Sinatra. 
 
Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and the multiple-part ‘Cosmic Symphony’ – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut. 
 
 
 
Click the above image to check out the Second Nature album trailer
 
Flying Colors will be touring the US, Europe and the UK from October 2014.  No dates are currently scheduled for Australia, but we’re a country that the band would love to get to. With recent tours announced here by fellow prog rockers YES and Jethro Tull’s IAN ANDERSON, and PINK FLOYD also announcing their first album in 20 years, perhaps the time has arrived for prog-rock to enjoy something of a resurgence down-under.
 
 
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Wed
30
Jul

FLYING COLORS Announce Second Nature Album For September

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FLYING COLORS
"SECOND NATURE" – THE NEW ALBUM

FEATURING
STEVE MORSE, MIKE PORTNOY, DAVID LARUE,
CASEY MCPHERSON, NEAL MORSE

RELEASED BY MUSIC THEORIES / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
UK/EUROPE RELEASE: 29th SEPTEMBER
NORTH AMERICA RELEASE: 30th SEPTEMBER

TOUR STARTS 2nd OCTOBER WITH DATES IN LOS ANGELES,
CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, BARCELONA, MILAN,
TILBERG, FRANKFURT, PRATTELN, LONDON, AND PARIS

Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced a September 29 release date in Europe and the U.K. for the band's SECOND NATURE album via the Music Theories label.

The music press acknowledged the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Combining the talents including Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.

Album artwork by designer and illustrator Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard)

Executive Producer Bill Evans assembled a team of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks.

After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘X Factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm. "The idea of having an actual singer as opposed to a musician that also sang, really opened up a whole other world," Portnoy told Prog magazine.

Flying Colors (L-R): Steve Morse (guitar, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Dave LaRue (bass, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as "fearless", praising its "Journey-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors, Muse, and even Frank Sinatra.  In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with Flying Colors originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members.


Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), Steve Morse (guitar, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

Schedules allowing, the protagonists had always viewed Flying Colors as a genuine band as opposed to a side project, hence they began writing a second studio album. From the first writing session to final delivery of the masters in July 2014, the process took almost a year and half, in four distinct stages: writing sessions via Skype in January/February 2013, another burst of writing and recording at Neal Morse’s house in Nashville, a trip to Portnoy’s home that spawned five additional songs, and finally individual recording/arrangement over the internet throughout the spring of 2014.


Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals)
Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

This time the band opted to self-produce, with Evans, the man responsible for the concept of Flying Colors, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band.  "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different."

 

 

Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (Rush, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Whitesnake) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – ‘Open Up Your Eyes’ and the multiple-part ‘Cosmic Symphony’ – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut.  Portnoy stresses that the music’s proggier path was "not conscious at all."

 

"Direction was never even discussed," continues Portnoy. "We just did what we do. I think perhaps not having a producer to ‘trim the fat’ possibly led to the songs breathing and expanding a bit more."

"This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to."

Second Nature showcases a compelling and thought-provoking collection of songs written and performed by musicians at the top of their game.

FLYING COLORS
OCTOBER 2014 TOUR

10/02 LOS ANGELES, CA JAMES ARMSTRONG THEATER Buy Tickets
10/03 CHICAGO, IL ARACDA THEATER Buy Tickets
10/04 PHILADELPHIA, PA KESWICK THEATER  
10/07 BARCELONA, SPAIN RAZZMATAZZ 2 Buy Tickets
10/08 MILAN, ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB Buy Tickets
10/09 TILBURG, NETHERLANDS 013  
10/11 FRANKFURT, GERMANY BATSCHKAPP Buy Tickets
10/12 PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND Z7 Buy Tickets
10/13 LONDON, UK ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL Buy Tickets
10/14 PARIS, FRANCE ALHAMBRA Buy Tickets

Flying Colors (L-R): Dave LaRue (bass, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar),
Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, vocals),
Steve Morse (guitar, vocals) Photo Credit: © Jim Arbogast

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