Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals); Dave LaRue (bass); Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals); Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar); Steve Morse (guitar)
Flying Colors is Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (guitar).
In 2008, executive producer Bill Evans brought the idea to the world renowned musicians and producer Peter Collins. Intrigued by the idea and the prospect of working together, the four musicians signed on to form a band and record a first album. Flying Colors convened for just nine days in early 2011, and composed and recorded this album during a short and intense session.
'This album has bits and pieces of what you'd expect from each of us,' says Portnoy. 'The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved.'
'It was quite an experience,' recalls Dave LaRue. 'The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then 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!' The album is filled with trial and triumph. It's been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording.'