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MOIST (Buy CDs by this artist)
Independent Release [tape] (Can. self-released) 1993
Silver (Chrysalis/EMI) 1994
Creature (Can. EMI) 1996 (Arista) 1997
Little Songs (Can. Usher) 1998
Mercedes Five and Dime (Can. EMI) 1999 (Capitol) 2000
Machine Punch Through: The Singles Collection (Can. Moist) 2001
DAVID USHER
Little Songs (Nettwerk America) 1999
Morning Orbit (Can. EMI) 2001

Although the hot-wired guitars, dramatic tension and balls-to-the-great-unknown lyrics on Silver paint Vancouver's Moist as a big-rocking modern quartet praying to a city to the southeast, David Usher's weedy voice and a carefully controlled loud-pop sensibility suggest the quintet might owe equal loyalty to the arena-kings of Toronto, Rush. Moist was able to get itself chosen for the bottom of the bill (under Hole and Metallica) at Molson's summer-of-'95 festival inside the Arctic Circle; that doesn't improve the turgid heap of poorly executed and derivative mediocrity that is Silver, however.

[Ira Robbins]