Third Degree Flying Colors
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Everyone's favorite prog supergroup returns!
Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson, collectively known as Flying Colors soar to even loftier heights with Third Degree, their third studio album in a decade.
Third Degree builds upon the genre-bending momentum of 2012's self-titled Flying Colors and the aural-template ascension of 2014's Second Nature. From the skittery psychedelic/classical turnaround of the lead single "More" to the Beach Boys-meet-Asia vibe of "Love Letter" to the deep emotionality of the album-ending, prog-leaning epic "Crawl," the nine tracks that comprise Third Degree signify just how much Flying Colors are willing to explore new frontiers.
With Third Degree, Flying Colors continue to fire on all cylinders — and, in the process, they also handily prove the third time’s an unquestionable sonic charm.
Casey McPherson, vocals, guitar
Steve Morse, guitar
Mike Portnoy, drums, percussion, vocals
Dave LaRue, bass
Neal Morse, keyboards, vocals
The band originally launched in 2012 with a simple idea - virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who in becoming a band delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.
“The magic that we captured on the debut album was only further developed and cemented on Flying Colors' 2012 Tour,” says the band’s drummer Mike Portnoy. “Each night on stage I felt like I was part of something very special and cherished every moment of it. As it was such a brief and limited tour, I am so glad we captured it here to now share with fans all around the World that didn't get to see this special band in person...enjoy!"
In 2008, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to the world renowned musicians and legendary producer Peter Collins (Rush, Bon Jovi, Elton John). Intrigued by the idea, and the prospect of working together, the four signed on to form a band and record a first album. Steve Morse and Dave LaRue have developed a magical musical chemistry over the years, which began early in their careers as partners in Dixie Dregs.
Morse subsequently became a member of Deep Purple in 1995, while LaRue’s ongoing musical adventures include Joe Satriani, John Petrucci, Jordan Rudess, Steve Vai, and the aforementioned Portnoy. Multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer Neal Morse is one of the leading figures in progressive rock, whose significant notoriety follows his co-founding of the seminal band, Spock’s Beard in 1995, recordings as a solo artist, and contributions to the super-group Transatlantic.
Mike Portnoy is one of the most popular and respected drummers in both metal and rock, and an accomplished writer and producer. He is the recipient of numerous industry accolades, including 26 Modern Drummer awards, Revolver Magazine’s Golden God award for “Best Drummer" and Drum Magazine's "Drummer of the Year". He rose to prominence as the leader, drummer, producer, and co-writer for metal/prog juggernaut Dream Theater, before moving on in 2010. That same year, he worked on Avenged Sevenfold’s #1 album Nightmare and their subsequent tour.
McPherson, whose 2010 Hollywood/Disney album New Morning debuted in the Top-5 on two Billboard charts, enjoyed major success at radio with multiple hits. The track “New Morning” spent 17 weeks in the Top-10 on Triple A Radio, and enjoyed a run on Vh1’s Top-20 Countdown for months.
Flying Colors convened for nine days in early 2011, composing their debut album during a short, intense session. Dave LaRue shared, "It was quite an experience. The band moved at a fast pace, with ideas flying around the room. Sections of tunes were arranged, and re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!" McPherson adds, "This record is filled with trial and triumph. It's been such an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording."
Flying Colors returned to the studio on May 12, 2013 to begin writing and recording their second studio album. They are continuing work throughout the year and beyond for an expected 2014 release.
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