domingo, 6 de agosto de 2017
Flying Colours - American Supergroup
Flying Colors is an American supergroup composed of Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse and Steve Morse. The band's mission, chartered by executive producer Bill Evans, is to combine complex music with accessible songwriting. Flying Colors, on Mascot Label Group, has released two studio albums, and two live albums, to commercial success and critical acclaim. In 2008, Evans wrote a proposal for a band that combined sophisticated music (complex composition and virtuoso performances) with accessible, mainstream songwriting. His idea was to channel the complexity through a charismatic pop singer/songwriter, keep the songs short, and use humor.
Evans approached Neal Morse (solo artist, Spock's Beard, Transatlantic), Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Steve Morse (Steve Morse Band, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic), and music producer Peter Collins (RUSH, Bon Jovi) about making the band a reality.
The singer/songwriter slot remained unfilled as Evans could not find a suitable candidate. He examined over 100 candidates. Mike Portnoy suggested Casey McPherson, who at the time was signed to Disney's Hollywood Records (Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Jesse McCartney) label. McPherson's band, Alpha Rev, had recently released New Morning, which spent 17 weeks in the Billboard Top-10 chart. Unlike most of the other artists on Hollywood Records, Casey wrote all his own material, and played multiple instruments on his albums. His songwriting, singing, and stage personae appealed to the band and Evans. Casey joined the still unnamed band a month before the first writing/recording session.
Evans approached two guests who felt pioneered the new band's sound: Brian Wilson and Kerry Livgren (Kansas). Both agreed to join the effort (along with the Beach Boys' Jeff Foskett); due to scheduling and health concerns, the collaborations ultimately did not take place.