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Flying Colors—Featuring Mike Portnoy and Deep Purple's Steve Morse—Announce Debut Album

Flying Colors—Featuring Mike Portnoy and Deep Purple's Steve Morse—Announce Debut Album

Flying Colors--the new project featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold, Adrenaline Mob) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs)--have revealed details of their upcoming debut album. The self-titled record, which was produced by Peter Collins (Rush, Queensrÿche), will be available on March 27. You can view the track listing below the clip. The band also features keyboardist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs), and vocalist Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, Endochine).

"This album has bits and pieces of what you’d expect from each of us," says Portnoy. "However, the sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for all involved. Working with this dream lineup was everything I hoped it would be…on both a musical and personal level. I can’t wait to play live!"

Neal Morse added: "What an amazing group of musicians…I am thrilled to be a part of this unique, diverse and dazzling album."

Singer McPherson expanded on the style of the album. "This record is filled with trial and triumph. Raw and delicate songs alike amidst the swirling and daring orchestration of Steve, Neal, Mike and Dave. It’s been such an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording."

The recording process--which occurred over just nine days last year--proved an interesting challenge, says LaRue. "It was quite an experience--the band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, 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!"

You can watch an EPK, of the band discussing the project, below.

Flying Colors - Flying Colors track listing:

01. "Blue Ocean" (7:05)
02. "Shoulda Coulda Woulda" (4:32)
03. "Kayla" (5:20)
04. "The Storm" (4:53)
05. "Forever in a Daze" (3:56)
06. "Love is What I’m Waiting For" (3:36)
07. "Everything Changes" (6:55)
08. "Better Than Walking Away" (4:57)
09. "All Falls Down" (3:22)
10. "Fool in My Heart" (3:48)
11. "Infinite Fire" (12:02)

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