[collective soul]
[
live]
[
counting crows]
[
our lady peace]
[
moist]
[
chantal kreviazuk]

 

Moist is another one of my favourite Canadian bands. They live in Montreal, and their style ranges from straight-out rock (like on Silver, their first release) to more progressive pop-rock (Mercedes Five and Dime). While I like their older stuff better because it has more of an edge, their newer material rocks in concert.

Moist is definitely another band whose true effect cannot be appreciated until you see them live in concert. I've seen them three times: at Edgefest 98, at the free Molson Rockfest, and headlining in December 99 at Metropolis. I also had the chance to meet the band at an autograph signing in 1999, which was fun.

The melodies of their songs are often hauntingly beautiful, which makes a striking contrast with the often harsh ugliness of their lyrics. David Usher can make a song like Leave it Alone sound incredibly beautiful, and then when you read the lyrics you realize it's about a car crash. I think there's a lot of truth to this paradox. It's like how, in the movie American Beauty, Ricky films a dying homeless person, calling it beautiful. What's real in life is often hard to take but it doesn't make it any less of a fact. Moist captures that beautifully in their music.

Lately, lead singer David Usher has been concentrating heavily on his solo projects, which I like a lot less.  Moist as a band has a dynamic and musical style that just isnít quite there in Davidís solo stuff.  Hereís hoping that the band If you're looking for more information on Moist, visit
my Moist site at my Canadian Music website.