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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.   Rooftops
  4.   Jaded (These Years) by Benji Madden
  5.   The Last Time
  6.   Random Arrival
  7.   Chance of a Lifetime
  8.   2000 Miles
  9.   Burning Bridges
  10.   Wasting My Time
  11.   Hotel Room
  12.   Take Me Away (Cried Out to Heaven)
  13.   Paradise (122nd and Highland)
  14.   Return to Self-Loathing
  15.   Shell of Myself
  16.   Walking on Broken Glass
  17.   Night Alone
  18.   Until I Met You
  19.   Chelsea
  20.   It's Over
  21.   Another Day
  22.   Cadillac
  23.   Girl for Tonight
  24.   Electric Baby
  25.   Forget You
  26.   Change
  27.   Drawing Board
  28.   Slow Motion
  29.   What's the Dillio?
  30.   Long Days Long Nights
  31.   Lonely Days
  32.   Keeps Me Moving On
  33.   As His Black Heart Dies (My Mistake)
  34.   [Untitled Track]
  35.   Last Kiss
  36.   Tonight Will Last Forever
  37.   Dying for You
  38.   Can't Take This
  39.   Nightmare
  40.   Graveyard
  41.   This Time
  42.   As His Heart Dies (My Mistake)
  43.   Cursed
  44.   Photographs
  45.   Kiss Me, Kill Me
  46.   Lost, Broken, Confused
  47.   Your Promise
  48.   Movin' On
  49.   Richard Marxism
  50.   Opinions
  51.   Yesterday
  52.   Without You
  53.   Fuct Up Kid
  54.   Reason
  55.   Breakin' Down
  56.   Misunderstood
  57.   Mother's Prayer
  58.   Living Dead
  59.   Is This the End?
  60.   Indian Pete
  61.   On My Mind
  62.   Beer
  63.   R Ska Song
  64.   Muckaferguson
  65.   3'z My Lucky Number
  66.   To All My Homies
  67.   Rebel With a Reason
  68.   Dody Road
  69.   Same Old, Same Old
  70.   I'm Stuck
  71.   Compulsive Prep
  72.   That Song
  73.   Y

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