To sell 200,000 copies in a country of 26 million is a major feat. Make that a double-platinum feat for Vancouver rock quintet Moist and its debut Chrysalis/EMI album “Silver.”
“It’s a very schizophrenic lifestyle, where we’ll come out of Canada,” singer David Usher said recently, “and we’ll go to Europe or America where it’s just starting and no one knows us yet, and then you go back to Canada and you’re suddenly the cliche rock star. It’s very strange.”
Just how big are they in Canada? Group members have seen fans camped outside their parents’ homes. Police even searched the apartment of one obsessed fan and found letters addressed to Usher.
“She was talking about how I was her dead husband reincarnated,” Usher said, with a laugh. “Things like that are odd, but I guess it’s a part of the game.”
Moist formed in 1992, played live for the first time in January 1993 and, after EMI Canada caught wind of their frenetic demo tape, they were quickly signed. Their following has ballooned ever since.
The single, “Push,” is making headway in America, while their third Canadian single (“Believe Me”) is out.
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