- 2000 Juno Award Nominees - Group of the Year
- 2000 Juno Award Nominees - Album of the Year for "Mercedes 5 and Dime"
- 1998 Juno Award Nominees - Album of the Year for "Creature"
- 1997 Juno Award Winners - Best Video for "Gasoline"
- 1997 Juno Award Nominees - Group of the Year
- 1997 MuchMusic Video Award Winners - Best Video for "Tangerine"
- 1995 Juno Award Winners - Best New Group
- 1995 Juno Award Nominees - Single of the Year for "Push"
- 1995 MuchMusic Video Award Winners - Favourite Canadian Group
MOIST Is Back
Citing unfinished business, bassist Jeff Pearce, keyboardist Kevin Young, guitarist Mark Makoway and singer David Usher have reunited as MOIST and are announcing upcoming tour dates and plans for new music.
From 1993 to 2001, over the course of three multiplatinum albums, MOIST led the vanguard of the Canadian alt-rock scene, sold over a million records and toured relentlessly from sea to sea to sea, literally. MOIST criss-crossed the nation from Victoria, BC, to a cliff edge in Paradise, NFLD, to the shores of the Beaufort Sea in Tuktoyaktuk headlining shows for thousands of fans in arenas, theatres, concert halls and festivals across the country.
MOIST's impact was felt well beyond Canada. The band made its mark internationally touring extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia appearing on Top Of The Pops in the UK, as the musical guest on a pilot for a new show in NYC called The Jon Stewart Show and being lampooned by Beavis and Butthead.
With chart topping hits such as ‘Push', ‘Silver', ‘Tangerine', ‘Resurrection' and ‘Breathe', MOIST dominated rock radio through the 90s, won multiple Juno awards and received numerous accolades for both their music and devastating live show. A highly sought after live act, MOIST shared stages throughout the 90s with virtually all their Canadian contemporaries and a veritable pantheon of international superstars including Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Collective Soul and Neil Young among many others.
After an exhausting decade, the band went on hiatus in 2001 to take a breath, pursue divergent personal and professional trajectories, build families and find their lives outside of MOIST. "There was no timeline for the break," says Mark Makoway. "We all got off the tour bus in a bit of a daze after years of living and working together and just needed some time to figure out what else we wanted from our lives." Now, twenty years after the start of it all and with renewed vigour and an irrepressible urge to rock, MOIST is back and "The Resurrection" is upon us.
Some Band History.......
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. 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" was also a hit on radio and MuchMusic.
Following the band's second record, David Usher released his first solo album, Little Songs.
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 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. Soon after he announced that he was leaving the band and retiring from music.
In 2001 the band released a compilation record called Machine Punch Through. The album was a collection of singles and band favourites, as well as a few previously unreleased tracks. The CD coincided with a DVD release featuring the band's 11 videos, plus archive footage.