Just wanted to let the fans know so there is no confusion from now on when Mest shows are announced if it is the "original lineup" it will be listed as MEST "Original Lineup" We wish we could do all of these shows together and that is ideal but due to scheduling we can not. But we know Mest fans want to hear the songs and we haven't been able to bring the songs to them in a long time. We "original" Mest will be playing as much as we can. As much as our combined schedules permit. Unfortunately due to the schedules and jobs of all members we can...
Mest was formed in 1995 on the SouthSide of Chicago in a town called Blue Island by the singer Tony Lovato and his cousin Matt Lovato the bassist. After touring the world for many years and releasing 5 records the band decided to part ways in 2005. No talks of ever playing together again had taken place until a couple months ago when Matt sent a message to Tony telling him his daughter was learning Mest songs on the bass guitar and she demanded he tell him. Through that one message it lead to the conversation of what it would be like to get on stage together with the original lineup and play a couple shows. Tony and Matt then...
Update: We know it's not Mest now - we'll update this post if there's any confirmed info. Rise will announce it next week.
Rise Records recently tweeted that they are announcing a new signing this upcoming week. Shortly after, Mest vocalist Tony Lovato retweeted an AltPress news story saying "Rise Records announcing new band MEST next week" - but since then, AltPress' news story has had the Mest part edited out. Mest also recently toured with Rise Records bands Attack Attack! and Secrets, so the signing doesn't seem too out-of-this-world. Either way, we'll find out next week.
You may have noticed that the new Mest album didn't come out today. It was due to "mixing and mastering." Look for a free download of a new song next week, but there's been no mention of a new release date yet.
The Academy Is and Mest will both be interviewed tonight on DJ Rossstar's Punk Rock Show at 7PM PST. You can listen to the radio show here. If you have questions for the artist(s), feel free to call (818) 641-1605, or send an IM to DJRossstar08. Beginning in September, DJ Rossstar will have his own column in Substream Music Press.
Tony Lovato (ex-singer of Mest) has a new band named Permanent Holiday and he's being hassled by another band named Permanent Holiday to change the name. Check below to see what Tony's opposition had to say about the issue.
Note: Keep in mind, this is only one side of the story. Also, don't always believe everything you read when it comes to "direct" quotes.
Fan reports in: According to John Feldman of Goldfinger (based on what he said at their show in Petaluma), Matt (bass) of Mest left the band to paint full time, and an old Goldfinger guitarist will be filling in for him on the band's last tour. After the tour, Jeremiah (guitar) is leaving to write screenplays for movies. Nick and Tony will stay together and start a new band.