Moist is a five-piece Canadian alternative rock band that was popular in the mid-to-late-1990s. The band was led by lead singer David Usher, along with Mark Makoway (guitars), Jeff Pearce (bass), Kevin Young (keyboards) and Paul Wilcox (drums).
In late 1996, Moist released their second album, Creature, to favourable reviews. 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, remixed versions of "Tangerine" also became hits both on radio and Muchmusic. Creature allowed moist to experiment with other instruments such as the trumpet, bongos, and violin. The sound was more mellow than the previous album in most cases, but the harder songs still had a distinguished "cleaner" sound to them.
In early 1999, the band regrouped to record one more 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". Mercedes 5 and Dime is Moist's last album to date. Mercedes showed Moist's growth and maturity with borderline electronic sounds and soft-toned riffs. Usher was generally softer, but the variety still remained.
David Usher has continued to record, releasing Morning Orbit in 2001, Hallucinations in 2003, If God Had Curves in 2005 and Strange Birds in 2007. Jeff Pearce formed the band RYE, which released its first record, Wolves, in 2004, and Mark Makoway published a guide to the music industry, called The Indie Band Bible.
While touring in support of their final album, drummer Paul Wilcox injured his back, causing him to miss the band's final performances. Moist are currently on an indefinite hiatus and show no signs of a reunion, though several band members have toured or recorded with David Usher in his solo endeavours.
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