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Quickflight - Decent Beat 1983


01. Water of Life

02. Remote Control

03. In the World

04. Safety in Numbers

05. System Breakdown

06. Fantasy

07. Fade to Glory

08. Messages

09. DMX

10. Metro Alien

11. I Dream


Quickflight was a Heavy Electronic Band From (Canada). Their first album, Breakaway, presented them as the up-and-coming next big thing on the order of synthesizer-driven arena rockers like (Styx),(A Flock Of Seagulls), albeit with slightly more of a new-wave edge. Their concerts were major productions for the time lots of Star Wars-era sound and light effects. An affectionate profile in CCM announced that each one of the band members was a solo artist in his own right.

The groups was also said to have played together for four years and to have a sound that was “incredibly tight”. Breakaway includes one regional (Canadian) radio hit, “Pink Shirts,” in addition to the energetic title track, the MOR “Simple Way,” and the reggae-inflected “To the Way.” A track called “Modern Romans” (sung by King) addresses the contemporary Iranian “hostage crisis” with reference to the failed rescue mission ordered by President Carter. More explicitly Christian fare can be found in the confrontational “Atheist” and the theological “The Cross Is Crazy (To the People of the World).” By the second album, the group was down to a trio, but True Tunes declared Decent Beat to be “miles ahead of it’s time in both writing and production.” A style shift reveals the influence of British synthesizer bands like Human League, Soft Cell and especially (After the Fire)

Christian music’s hallowed response to quirky synth-driven rock of artists like Gary Numan and The Cars. These Canadians were one of the first on the new wave scene with Ric de Groot behind the keys, Pete Cordalis on lead guitar, Doug Giesbrecht on bass, Gary Hendricks on drums and Mike King on rhythm guitar. All five share in the songwriting which includes such classic titles as ‘Pink Shirts’, ‘Atheist’, ‘Modern Romans’ and ‘Shuttle’ (“I’m boarding my shuttle going to leave this base, light speed forward ‘til I see your face”;). From the heyday of the gutsy Tunesmith label.

The second album of Quickflight, entitled Decent Beat,[4] was recorded at Little Mountain Sound Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and was released by Star Song Records of Houston, Texas, in 1983. It was groundbreaking because it was one of the first Christian Contemporary releases in which the instruments used consisted almost entirely of synthesizers and sequencers. "At the time," recalls deGroot, "this was not the most common way of recording, / so we had to keep in mind that we weren't trying to duplicate acoustic and electric instruments, but that we were trying to create our own electronic sound, all the while keeping it accessible." The album was also one of the first Christian Contemporary Music albums that was digitally mastered although it was never released on CD.

Quickflight toured through the Mid-West and West Coast of the U.S. and parts of Canada. Being managed by California-based Cavali Artists, the band was able to perform at several outdoor festivals, playing with a variety of Christian artists who included The Steve Taylor Band, The Rez Band, Kerry Livgren, Sheila Walsh, Undercover, and Larry Norman. "It was an unbelievable time for us," says deGroot. "One day we were in a coffeehouse in Surrey, British Columbia, and a couple days later we were playing a 25,000 plus festival in Southern California!" / Through recording at Little Mountain, Ric deGroot met the members of the Capitol Recording group Strange Advance and joined them in 1984. They toured Canada in 1985. deGroot currently lives in Vancouver and works in production in the film business.


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