FX

Country  USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR/Progressive Rock

IMG_4056FX was comprised of an unusual gang of musicians. The project was founded in the mid-Eighties by keyboard players Douglas Morton and Kevin Monahan while working at E-Mu Systems in Santa Cruz, California. Both brought home a lot of new gear – synths, mixing consoles, etc. – to experiment with while producing songs for FX, so the chosen name for the band is not a surprise. 

Dave Preshutti on guitar was recruited after scouting the clubs of Santa Cruz. Dave DuCey eventually moved to Hollywood and played with some big bands, and still is.However, their musical style is a mix of poppy Prog / lite AOR with a few Hi-Tech elements focused in an easy listening song format. Morton & Monahan recruited some session musicians and the project morphed into a stable yet ‘studio band’ christened FX.

The first album “In Motion” appeared in 1987 has a sound reminiscent of UK Synth Rock bands with the addition of stylized pop / new wave touches, in the vein of World Trade, Saga, Japan, Twelfth Night, RPM, Zurich, Beau Heart, FX (from England), later Police, Peter Gabriel, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, etc…. Featuring two keyboardists, some tasty guitar work and killer drums from no other than Dave DuCey (Warrior, WWIII, National Dust). Produced by Douglas Morton and Kevin Monahan in California.

By the early ’90s FX turned much more proggy AOR, and palatable for our melodic ears. Saga, ’80s Rush, Glass Tiger or the recently featured here The Kite are good examples of FX’s sound on their ’92 EP “In The Sky”. This is elegant, delicate stuff with very nice melodies to enjoy. Douglas composes for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Living Planet Aquarium as well as licensing audio and music for feature film, TV and games.

FX (USA) - In Motion (front) FX (USA) - In the sky (front)

– In Motion [1987]
– In the Sky [1992] EP

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