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It Comes Second Nature To FLYING COLORS

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 @ 2:32 PM


Band Features Steve Morse And Mike Portnoy

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FLYING COLORS are set to release their new album Second Nature on the Music Theories / Mascot Label Group in the UK and Europe on 29th September, followed by North American release on 30th September. The album release will be followed by a tour with dates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Barcelona, Spain, Tilberg, Frankfurt, Pratteln, London and Paris.

Combining the talents including DEEP PURPLE/DIXIE DREGS/ex-KANSAS guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (TRANSATLANTIC, WINERY DOGS, ex-DREAM THEATER), Neal Morse (TRANSATLANTIC, SPOCK'S BEARD and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS, JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI and more) with a comparatively new talent, singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band mixed virtuoso music with melodic songwriting by crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way.

The music press acknowledged their eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most compelling releases of 2012. Classic Rock magazine hailed the band’s debut as "fearless", praising its "Journey-sized choruses" and referencing artists as diverse as THE BEATLES, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, THE DOORS, MUSE and even Frank Sinatra. In late 2012, the band toured America and Europe, dazzling fans with FLYING COLORS originals and selections from the catalogues of the five members.

This time the band opted to self-produce, with Bill Evans, the man responsible for the concept of FLYING COLORS, reprising his role as Executive Producer and co-engineer. Besides offering a finely tuned set of ears, Evans would remix a track each time an amendment was made, before sending it onto each band member, allowing closer collaboration by the band. "There was no repudiation of producer Peter Collins," clarifies Evans, "but the guys had become a family and they wanted to try something different."

Sporting stunning artwork from the legendary designer Hugh Syme (RUSH, AEROSMITH, DEF LEPPARD, WHITESNAKE) and bookended by two tracks of truly epic stature – "Open Up Your Eyes" and the multiple-part "Cosmic Symphony" – the album is every bit as breathtaking as the debut. "This is an album full of many layers," concludes guitarist Steve Morse. "The more you listen, the more you can hear. It’s an album to keep listening to."

Second Nature Tracklist:

  • "Open Your Eyes"
  • "Mask Machine"
  • "Bombs Away"
  • "The Fury Of My Love"
  • "A Place In Your World"
  • "Lost Without You"
  • "One Love Forever"
  • "Peaceful Harbor"
  • "Cosmic Symphony"
FLYING COLORS October 2014 Tour
  • 10/02 LOS ANGELES, CA JAMES ARMSTRONG THEATER
  • 10/03 CHICAGO, IL ARACDA THEATER
  • 10/04 PHILADELPHIA, PA KESWICK THEATER
  • 10/07 BARCELONA, SPAIN RAZZMATAZZ 2
  • 10/08 MILAN, ITALY MILAN LIVE CLUB
  • 10/09 TILBURG, NETHERLANDS 013
  • 10/11 FRANKFURT, GERMANY BATSCHKAPP
  • 10/12 PRATTELN, SWITZERLAND Z7
  • 10/13 LONDON, UK ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALL
  • 10/14 PARIS, FRANCE ALHAMBRA


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