Drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment) founded Transatlantic and Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) came up with the idea of recruiting Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) and all that was left was a bassist. Portnoy contacted Marillion's Pete Trewavas and the group was set. They recorded and released their first album, SMPTe, in 2000. The band issued two albums in 2001, the concert recording Live in America and the studio album Bridge Across Forever, before going on hiatus, reuniting in 2009 and releasing The Whirlwind, which was followed by a pair of live outings, Whirld Tour 2010: Live in London and More Never Is Enough: Live @ Manchester & Tilburg 2010 in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The group issued an eponymous fourth studio album in early 2014.