Mest is a pop punk band from Blue Island, Illinois. The band's lineup, prior to their breakup in 2006, consisted of vocalist and guitarist Tony Lovato, guitarist Jeremiah Rangel, bassist Matt Lovato, and drummer Nick Gigler. They broke up in 2006 after an eleven year run, but reformed in 2008 with a new lineup, featuring only their singer returning for a final tour for people who missed the last one.
In 1998, the band self-released Mo' Money, Mo' 40z. Their debut album on Maverick Records, Wasting Time, was released in July 2000 and Destination Re-Born in 2001. They toured as an opening band for Goldfinger on July 20, 2002 in Las Vegas and then a few months later, released a DVD called The Show Must Go Off! in January 2003. Later, that same year, the band released their self-titled album, which featured the single Jaded (These Years) which featured Benji Madden of Good Charlotte.
In 2005, a tour with Social Distortion was cut short when drummer Nick Gigler required medical attention for unknown reasons. The band's last album, Photographs, was released October 18th, 2005. Two singles released on the internet from the disc, "Take Me Away (Cried Out to Heaven)" and "Kiss Me, Kill Me", which can be found at MySpace, along with the video for the lead single, "Take Me Away (Cried Out to Heaven)". "Kiss Me, Kill Me" is notable for being the only single to be released that featured Rangel as the lead vocalist; something fans on Mest's message board had been demanding for some time.
Their vocalist Tony Lovato released this statement:
Friday, January 13, 2006
someday ill explain xoxo, sorry 2 say this is not some sort of joke or something 2 do with Friday the 13th weird though i didn't even realise it. well when i typed it, it wuz the 14th. Im in Japan.. we are not turning our backs on our fans.. come on. someday ill explain teh reason/reasons. i debated telling everyone but figured its better 2 be honest and to let the people kno that want 2 see us one last tyme.. its been 10 years, 5 records and I've seen the world. its been my lyfe. trust me this is harder on me than ANY of u. i wouldn't have changed a thing. I've done and seen more in the past 10 yrs than most people will experience in there entire life. and its because of you guys so thank u. thank u 2 the people that I've affected with my music and thank u 2 the people that have affected me through my music. weve had a great run.. i <3 u all.....Tony
"At some point, Mr. Lovato produced a knife and the victim was stabbed," said Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Dept. "He has been booked for criminal homicide."
Neiman said police had been called to the apartment the night before, following an altercation between the two, but no arrests were made.
On Tuesday March 27th, 2007, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office dropped the murder charges, ruling that Lovato had acted in self-defense.
According to their myspace page the album is set for release in early March.
This bands first album "Tears Dry Low" was released in early March 2008.
Mest have recently announced to be releasing a new free EP in September 2008 along with a tour featuring Chris Wilson (Good Charlotte, The Summer Obsession) and one of the original founding members Steve Lovato, now of Room One Eleven. Jeremiah and Matt have been reported to be too busy to join, although Matt was interested but couldn't due to other commitments. Nick is busy with The Get Go and he and Tony have parted ways.