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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. A brief reunion a few years later set the stage for the band to get back together, and they toured as well as releasing the 2013 album Not What You Expected. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1.   Song
  2.   I Melt With You
  3.   Jaded (These Years) by Benji Madden
  4.   Rooftops
  5.   What's the Dillio?
  6.   Breakin' Down
  7.   Long Days Long Nights
  8.   Kiss Me, Kill Me
  9.   Lost, Broken, Confused
  10.   2000 Miles
  11.   Your Promise
  12.   Walking on Broken Glass
  13.   Burning Bridges
  14.   Night Alone
  15.   Living Dead
  16.   Mother's Prayer
  17.   Reason
  18.   Without You
  19.   Cadillac
  20.   Yesterday
  21.   Opinions
  22.   Shell of Myself
  23.   Change
  24.   Slow Motion
  25.   Last Kiss
  26.   Tonight Will Last Forever
  27.   Dying for You
  28.   Can't Take This
  29.   Nightmare
  30.   Graveyard
  31.   This Time
  32.   As His Heart Dies (My Mistake)
  33.   Cursed
  34.   Photographs
  35.   Take Me Away (Cried Out to Heaven)
  36.   Paradise (122nd and Highland)
  37.   Return to Self-Loathing
  38.   Chance of a Lifetime
  39.   Until I Met You
  40.   Drawing Board
  41.   Forget You
  42.   Electric Baby
  43.   Richard Marxism
  44.   Another Day
  45.   Fuct Up Kid
  46.   It's Over
  47.   Chelsea
  48.   Misunderstood

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