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  • They formed in the summer of 1995.
  • They are from the south side of Chicago.
  • The band was born on one block in working class Blue Island, the Liverpool to Chicago's South Side.
  • Cousins Tony and Matt lived across the street from each other and began playing together at age seven.
  • Tony's dad played in hard rock cover bands at local bars
  • In high school, Nick and Jeremiah joined the band
  • A fervent Goldfinger fan, Tony had the balls to actually write lead singer John Feldmann who actually wrote back and told them if they wanted to open a House of Blues show for him, make a demo and send it to him. Feldmann was so impressed with Mest's House of Blues show, he secured a demo deal with Maverick and ended up producing Wasting Time.
  • Toured with bands like No Doubt, Lit, Black-Eyed Peas, Blink 182, Sum-41, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, the Used, MXPX, Unwritten Law, Sugarcult, the Movielife, Goldfinger, and H2O
  • Destination Unknown sold in excess of 100,000 copies in the U.S. and 150,000 copies in Japan (where the album was certified Gold).
  • Matt, Tony, and Steve decided to start the band, not because of the fact that they were family, but because they shared the same passion for raw, heart-driven punk rock music.
  • Started playing shows around Chicago's local club scene like the venues Air Lair, Off The Alley, and Fireside Bowl.
  • Mo' Money Mo' 40'z was released in early 1998
  • John Feldmann from Goldfinger got Mest a demo deal with Maverick Records.
  • The album "Mest" was released on June 10, 2003.

First Mest Line-Up:

Tony Lovato - Vocals & Guitar
Steve Lovato - Vocals & Guitar
Matt Lovato - Bass
Nick Giggler - Drums


"We had fans and paparazzi camping out in the lobby of our hotel, it was crazy." - Matt Lovato about touring Japan

"Musically, it's our most mature record. Going into it, we wanted to make sure that 20 years from now, when we're 40-years-old, it's something we can be proud of. No matter what the fans are going to think, what's punk, what's not. We wanted to make a fucking amazing record that will last." - Tony on 'Mest'

"We were away from home on tour for a long time, and it's weird how, when you return home, you don't recognize people, and some people are married or gone or pregnant or fat or whatever. You come home and there's so much different shit going on. Many of the songs are about remembering back a few years when we were 15, 16-years-old and wanting to be in a band and wanting to get away from home. But, now that we have done all that, some of the songs are about growing up and slowly becoming a, uh, man, is that what you call it, a young adult." - Tony

Mo' Money Mo' 40z
Wasting Time
Destination Unknown


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