Spock's Beard

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Current lineup (from left to right): Alan Morse, Ryo Okumoto, Nick D'Virgilio and Dave Meros

Spock's Beard is a progressive rock band formed in 1992 in Los Angeles by brothers Neal and Alan Morse. Neal played keyboards and was the lead vocalist, as well as being the primary songwriter; Alan plays electric guitar. The pair teamed with fellow musicians Nick D'Virgilio (drums) and Dave Meros (bass) and released their debut album, The Light, in 1995. The quartet were later joined by veteran keyboardist Ryo Okumoto.

The band played a brand of progressive rock with pop music leanings (drawing much influence from Genesis), as opposed to the hard rock approach of The Flower Kings or the metal feel of Dream Theater. The band is also well known for their intricate multi-part vocal harmonies and use of counterpoint on cuts such as Thoughts (Part II), June, and Devil's Got My Throat.

In 2002, the band released a rock opera entitled Snow, whose story and themes bear a strong resemblance to that of The Who's Tommy. Many listeners and critics have noted the parallels between the storyline of Snow and Neal Morse's own highly-publicized conversion to Christianity.

Following the release of Snow, Neal Morse left the band for a solo career as a Christian artist. Drummer Nick D'Virgilio took over the lead singing and songwriting role, in a move reminiscent of Genesis' drummer Phil Collins taking over from Peter Gabriel. Their first album, Feel Euphoria, has a harder rocking and more experimental sound than the Neal Morse-led band, relying on Alan Morse's guitar to a greater extent.

In early 2005, after a long studio and writing process, Spock's Beard released their second album after the departure of Neal Morse "Octane". This was seen by many fans as a return to a more bright and epic sound after the previous songwriting differences in Feel Euphoria.

The band was named for the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror", where the crew enters a parallel universe in which the parallel Mr. Spock is differentiated by his beard.

Neal Morse also participated in the prog supergroup TransAtlantic.


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