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.