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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.   Rooftops
  5.   Walking on Broken Glass
  6.   Until I Met You
  7.   It's Over
  8.   Cadillac
  9.   Yesterday
  10.   Girl for Tonight
  11.   Chance of a Lifetime
  12.   2000 Miles
  13.   Your Promise
  14.   Jaded (These Years) by Benji Madden
  15.   Another Day
  16.   Opinions
  17.   The Last Time
  18.   Drawing Board
  19.   Slow Motion
  20.   Lost, Broken, Confused
  21.   Long Days Long Nights
  22.   Last Kiss
  23.   Tonight Will Last Forever
  24.   Dying for You
  25.   Can't Take This
  26.   Nightmare
  27.   Graveyard
  28.   This Time
  29.   Cursed
  30.   Photographs
  31.   Kiss Me, Kill Me
  32.   Take Me Away (Cried Out to Heaven)
  33.   Paradise (122nd and Highland)
  34.   Return to Self-Loathing
  35.   Shell of Myself
  36.   Burning Bridges
  37.   Night Alone
  38.   Electric Baby
  39.   Random Arrival
  40.   Wasting My Time
  41.   Without You
  42.   Fuct Up Kid
  43.   Reason
  44.   Breakin' Down
  45.   Chelsea
  46.   Misunderstood
  47.   Mother's Prayer
  48.   Living Dead
  49.   As His Heart Dies (My Mistake)

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