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Cousins Tony and Matt Lovato grew up across the street from each other in the Blue Island section of the south side of Chicago and began playing together at seven, borrowing instruments from Tony's father, with Tony picking up guitar and singing and Matt playing bass. In high school, they hooked up with guitarist Jeremiah Rangel and drummer Nick Gigler. Tony came up with the band name Mest while looking at a case of Milwaukee's Best beer. Playing in local Chicago punk clubs, the group self-released their debut album, Mo' Money, Mo' 40'z. They got their first real break when Tony wrote to Goldfinger lead singer John Feldmann and got a response. After listening to a demo tape, Feldmann agreed to let Mest open for Goldfinger, got them a record deal with Maverick, and produced their major-label debut, Wasting Time, which was released in July 2000. A year later, Mest returned with a cameo-filled (Young MC, Save Ferris' Monique Powell) spiky-punk second album entitled Destination Unknown. A self-titled third album, which included a cameo from Good Charlotte's Benji Madden, appeared in June 2003. A lengthy stretch of Warped Tour dates followed, which led to exhaustion for Mest and back surgery for Tony Lovato in particular. But the band soldiered on, and in autumn 2005 they released their fourth effort for Maverick, Photographs. After ten years together, Mest called it quits in early 2006. They went out on an appropriately titled final tour, So Long and Thanx for the Booze, that February alongside Allister and Scary Kids Scaring Kids. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  2.   I Melt With You
  3.   What's the Dillio?
  4.   It's Over
  5.   2000 Miles
  6.   Rooftops
  7.   Cadillac
  8.   Chance of a Lifetime
  9.   Nightmare
  10.   Lost, Broken, Confused
  11.   Shell of Myself
  12.   Walking on Broken Glass
  13.   Night Alone
  14.   Jaded (These Years) by Benji Madden
  15.   Until I Met You
  16.   Fuct Up Kid
  17.   Long Days Long Nights
  18.   Last Kiss
  19.   Tonight Will Last Forever
  20.   Dying for You
  21.   Can't Take This
  22.   Graveyard
  23.   This Time
  24.   As His Heart Dies (My Mistake)
  25.   Cursed
  26.   Photographs
  27.   Kiss Me, Kill Me
  28.   Take Me Away (Cried Out to Heaven)
  29.   Paradise (122nd and Highland)
  30.   Return to Self-Loathing
  31.   Your Promise
  32.   Burning Bridges
  33.   Hotel Room
  34.   Slow Motion
  35.   Drawing Board
  36.   Change
  37.   Forget You
  38.   Girl for Tonight
  39.   Random Arrival
  40.   Wasting My Time
  41.   Opinions
  42.   Yesterday
  43.   Another Day
  44.   Without You
  45.   Reason
  46.   Breakin' Down
  47.   Chelsea
  48.   Misunderstood
  49.   Mother's Prayer
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