FLYING COLORS — the "prog/pop" supergroup featuring guitarist Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), keyboardist Neal Morse (THE NEAL MORSE BAND, TRANSATLANTIC, ex-SPOCK'S BEARD), bassist Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS), drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER) and vocalist Casey McPherson (ALPHA REV) — has started recording its third album for a tentative late summer/early fall release.
According to a tweet Portnoy made yesterday, drum tracks for the group's first album since 2014's "Second Nature" will be recorded this week. "We have 10 songs written and we are shooting/hoping for a late summer/early fall 2019 release if all goes well," he wrote, adding that he's "praying that the stars align for live shows too."
FLYING COLORS was originally assembled by executive producer Bill Evans, who hoped to curate a band that combined virtuoso musicians and complex musicianship with a pop singer and accessible songwriting. The group's 2012 self-titled debut, produced by Peter Collins (RUSH, QUEENSRŸCHE), was supported by an 11-date, six-country European tour, as well as shows in Los Angeles and New York City. A performance in Tilburg, Holland was recorded for the 2013 live album/Blu-ray/DVD "Live In Europe".
The self-produced "Second Coming" saw the group play another limited engagement-style tour, during which they performed three shows in America before doing a week's worth of European dates. A concert in Pratteln, Switzerland was filmed and released as the 2015 live album/Blu-ray/DVD "Second Flight: Live At The Z7".
In 2017, the group performed a surprise set aboard the prog-themed Cruise To The Edge as part of Portnoy's 50th birthday performance. Later that year, the band self-released a "raw" version of their first record, "True Colors", which included unmastered versions of the album's material as originally recorded by Grammy Award-winning mixing engineer Michael Brauer (COLDPLAY, John Mayer).
FLYING COLORS is:
Casey McPherson - vocals
Dave LaRue - bass
Steve Morse - guitar
Neal Morse - keyboards
Mike Portnoy - drums
On my way to Nashville for the week to begin my drum tracks for the new @FlyingColors album! We have 10 songs written and we are shooting/hoping for a late summer/early fall 2019 release if all goes well...(& yes, praying that the stars align for live shows too! ?) pic.twitter.com/JiGYlsiNJx— Mike Portnoy ? (@MikePortnoy) December 10, 2018