Moist (Canadian band)
|Origin||Vancouver, BC, Canada|
|Years active||1992–2001; 2013–present|
|Past members||Jeff Pearce
Moist is a five-piece Canadian alternative rock band that gained popularity in the mid-to-late-1990s. The band, composed of singer David Usher, guitarist Mark Makoway, bassist Jeff Pearce, keyboardist Kevin Young and drummer Paul Wilcox, formed in 1992 and released an independent cassette, three studio albums and a compilation CD and DVD between 1993 and 2001. Moist experienced an extended hiatus for over a decade between 2001 and 2013, officially reuniting in June 2013. A fourth studio album featuring a new and expanded line-up of the band, titled Glory Under Dangerous Skies, is set to be released on October 7, 2014.
Moist formed in Vancouver, BC in the fall of 1992. Mark Makoway and Jeff Pearce had met while at Queen's University in Kingston, then moved to Vancouver where they formed an early incarnation of the group. Kevin Young and David Usher had also moved from Kingston to Vancouver to go to school. The first version of Moist was just breaking up when the four decided to do some writing together. Encouraged by this, they decided to form the new band and started playing shows. A mutual friend introduced the band to drummer Paul Wilcox. They quickly wrote and recorded songs for an independently released, self-titled cassette. They spent much of 1993 touring Canada and writing material for an expanded release. In January 1994 they completed their first full length CD, which was titled Silver. Strong independent sales led to the band signing with EMI Music Canada. The album went on to sell 400,000 copies in Canada on the strength of singles like "Push", "Silver" and "Believe Me". The band was also successful internationally in countries like the UK, Germany and Thailand.
In late 1996, Moist released their second album, Creature, to favourable reviews and sales in excess of 300,000 units. The album included the hits "Leave It Alone", "Resurrection", "Tangerine", and "Gasoline", all which were placed on high rotation on MuchMusic. In addition to these, a remixed version of "Tangerine" became a hit on radio and MuchMusic.
In early 1999, the band regrouped to record their third full length album, the melancholic and soft-toned Mercedes 5 and Dime. The album was released in the summer of 1999 in Canada and later in 2000 in the United States. Singles included "Breathe", "Underground", and "Comes and Goes". While touring in support of their final album, drummer Paul Wilcox injured his back, causing him to miss the band's final performances. Soon after he announced that he was leaving the band and retiring from music. The band released a compilation album and DVD in 2001, titled Machine Punch Through, and thereafter unofficially entered a hiatus period that would last 12 years.
David Usher continued to record solo, releasing Morning Orbit in 2001, Hallucinations in 2003, If God Had Curves in 2005, Strange Birds in 2007, Wake Up And Say Goodbye in 2008, The Mile End Sessions in 2010, and Songs from the Last Day on Earth in 2012. Mark Makoway published a guide to the music industry, called The Indie Band Bible, and continued to produce and mix records. Jeff Pearce formed the band RYE, and released the album "Wolves" through Maple Nationwide in 2004. Kevin Young toured with David and worked as a freelance writer.
In a posting on the official Moist website on June 15, 2013, it was announced that the band had reformed, with Francis Fillion on drums, and would be touring in November/December of that year. The post also stated that the band was in the studio and "playing around with some new ideas". The first new Moist recording in 13 years, a cover of Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas", was released through CBC Music in December 2013. The "Moist - The Resurrection" tour, a reference to their 1996 single "Resurrection",  began in London Ontario on November 28th 2013 and ended in Calgary Alberta on December 19th 2013. 
In January 2014 the band, now including Jonathon Gallivan who had accompanied Moist as a second guitarist on the 2013 tour, reconvened in Montreal to continue work on material for a new album. Although he would still be featured on some of the new record, bassist Jeff Pearce announced he would take an indefinite leave. Recording of the new songs began the week of January 26, 2014. First named tracks revealed on the band's Facebook page January 31, 2014 included "Still I Won't Look Down" and "Comes to Life". Two more titles were announced February 1, titled "We are Water" and "Comes the Sun". Glory Under Dangerous Skies, as the album has been provisionally titled, will be their fourth official full-length studio album (excluding their 1993 eponymous independent cassette and the 2001 compilation album). In total, 16 tracks have so far been recorded for the album. The new album is slated for release in October, 2014.
On May 15, 2014, the band announced that they had signed a new deal with Universal Music Canada. The band also announced the title of their new single, "Mechanical", which was released to radio on May 23 and to ITunes on May 27.
|1993||Moist (independent cassette)||-|
|1999||Mercedes 5 and Dime||4||Platinum|
|2014||Glory Under Dangerous Skies|
|2001||Machine Punch Through: The Singles Collection|
|Year||Song||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Machine Punch Through"||—||72||—||5||—|
|"Freaky Be Beautiful"||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996||"Leave it Alone"||—||3||6||—||—||Creature|
|1999||"Breathe"||—||30||5||—||22||Mercedes 5 and Dime|
|"Comes and Goes"||—||—||10||—||—|
|2014||"Mechanical"||—||—||28||—||—||Glory Under Dangerous Skies|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
- Note: The Rock/Alternative chart was dormant from 1973 to 1995, hence no ranking for Silver's singles.
- David Usher – lead vocals (1992–2001; 2013–present)
- Mark Makoway – guitars (1992–2001; 2013–present)
- Kevin Young – keyboards, backing vocals (1992–2001; 2013–present)
- Jonathan Gallivan - guitars, backing vocals (2013–present)
- Francis Fillion – drums (2013–present)
- Louis Lalancette - bass (2014–present)
- Jeff Pearce – bass, backing vocals (1992–2001; 2013–2014)
- Paul Wilcox – drums (1992–2000)
Awards and recognition
- Won Juno for Best New Group at the 1995 Juno Awards.
- Won Juno for best video (Gasoline) at the 1997 Juno Awards.
- Won "Q107 Canada's Rock Award" for best album (Silver) in 1995.
- Won "Q107 Canada's Rock Award" for best group in 1995.
- David Usher won "Q107 Canada's Rock Award" for best singer in 1995.
- Kevin Young won "Q107 Canada's Rock Award" for best keyboard player in 1995.
- Won an MMVA (MuchMusic Video Award) for Favorite Canadian Group in 1995.
- The video for the song Tangerine won Best Video, and Best Director at the (MuchMusic Video Awards) in 1997.
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- Moist entry at JAM! Canadian Pop Encyclopedia