It’s been a landslide year for incredible band performances at the Danforth Music Hall. Erasure, Slowdive, Peter Hook and Johnny Marr are just a few recent standout shows and with the recent announcement of Ride’s June 2015 date, the upcoming year is already looking very promising.
The most recent addition to the list is Canadian Alt-rockers Moist and their incredible performance on Saturday night. Between 1993 and 1999, Moist released one Indie cassette and three much-loved albums that were part of the soundtracks of summer in and out of the city. Their performance in Ontario’s renowned cottage-country music hot spot The Kee To Bala remains one of the highlights of the venue’s storied history. Although Moist stopped releasing music after 1999’s Mercedes 5 and Dime, front-man David Usher continued on a solo path releasing an impressive 8 albums, the last as recently as 2012. Then much to the delight of David Usher and Moist fans alike, news came of a new Moist album entitled Glory Under Dangerous Skies released in October of 2014 and with it, a supporting tour.
Moist hit the stage and launched into “Mechanical” from the new record followed by “Kill For You” and fan-favourite “Silver” from the 1994 album of the same name. From the strumming of the opening notes straight through to the finales, Moist fired on all cylinders. Usher, barely looking a day older than 35, was pitch perfect all evening and made full use of the stage giving fans an energetic performance for the full 90-minute set. The new material was very well received by those unfamiliar with the songs and despite the 15-year gap since the last release had the undeniable Moist sound that fans have always loved.
Highlight performances included Usher’s solo hit song “Black Black Heart”, “Gasoline”, “Tangerine” and personal favourite “Resurrection”. Moist left a few gems for the first encore with amazing versions of “Breathe” and mega-hit “Push” before ending off the night with a second stage appearance for new song “All Forgiven” and Silver’s “Into Everything”.
Kill for You
Break Her Down
Black Black Heart
Glory Under Dangerous Skies