MEST Debuts “Hate You Sober” (ft. Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills)

MEST Debuts “Hate You Sober” (ft. Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills) The Second Single Off Upcoming Release ‘Youth’; Out Everywhere On June 21st

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Beloved Chicago pop-punk band MEST will release the new album ‘Youth’ via SBÄM Records on June 21.

Following last month’s release of the lead single “WHEN WE WERE YOUNG” (feat. Jaret Reddick from Bowling For Soup), MEST has just debuted the second single, “HATE YOU SOBER” (ft. Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills. The track delves into the theme of a toxic relationship, depicting how one might endure it by numbing themselves with alcohol, while also exploring the journey towards summoning the courage to break free from the toxicity.

Stream “Hate You Sober” / Pre-Save ‘Youth’ HERE:

Speaking on the recording of the new album, founding member and front man Tony Lovato says, “The drives to the studio were about an hour and 20 minutes long. A lot of my inspiration for this record was found on those drives. I would just listen to all the records that I grew up listening to. Which brought back a ton of memories. It would just put me in another state of mind. The majority of “Youth” was written up in the hills of Los Angeles where I recorded a bunch of our early records. I would get random flashbacks seeing spots I hadn’t seen in years. But as much as I love all the memories and stories of the past, I’m not one to think that the best days are over. I’m creating new core memories and living my life now, so that in 20 years I’ll look back fondly. The same as I do now. These songs are a cheers to the past with a here’s to the future.”

YOUTH’ Tracklist:








About MEST:

MEST was formed in 1995 with Tony Lovato, his brother Steve, and his cousin Matt in Blue Island, Illinois; a small working-class town on the Southside of Chicago. From the beginning, Tony used that blue collar work ethic to quickly build a dedicated following in the growing Chicago punk rock scene. They released a couple of demos on cassette in 1996 and 1997 and a full length record in 1998. This got the attention of John Feldmann, lead singer and frontman of the punk ska band Goldfinger, who secured them a demo deal with Maverick Records. Seven days after turning the recordings, Maverick signed them to a multi-record deal. MEST released four records with Maverick/Warner Brothers from the year 2000 to 2005, two of which went gold in Japan.

MEST has appeared on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly. MEST had toured in the United States, Europe and Japan numerous times, and performed as one of the headlining acts on the now infamous WARPED TOUR in 2003 and 2005.

In 2006 MEST announced their break-up and did their farewell tour “So Long and Thanks For The Booze.”

In 2006, not knowing what his next move was, frontman Tony Lovato moved to Los Angeles Ca. Tony left his house, his friends and family behind. But the one thing he did take with him was his strong work ethic from his roots.

Tony said, “To go from touring the world with the friends, that you grew up with since childhood, owning a house and having financial stability to essentially being alone and sleeping on someone’s couch for a couple years it really put life and the music business into perspective. One day everybody wants to work with you and the next they won’t return your phone calls. But I didn’t achieve everything that I did up to that point by sitting around waiting on others. In the early years of success; including our first big shows, our record deal, and even some of the biggest tours through our booking agent were all due to my friendships that I cultivated over the years. After some lonely and depressed years I had to remind myself what I was capable of and what I had achieved. I remembered something my grandfather told me as a young boy, “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.”“

After a couple years of soul searching Tony started to write and record new music. Releasing two acoustic records featuring fan favorites and the properly titled LP “NOT WHAT YOU EXPECTED. (2012) Tony continued touring even bringing MEST to country’s previously never visited, like Australia and Mexico.

In 2013 Tony found out he would be embarking on a new chapter in his life; one that he was certain would never come; fatherhood. Tony began to question whether a career in the music business would be wise with a baby on the way. He moved out of LA and to AZ to raise his family. His son, London, was born in 2014 and was the inspiration behind the song, ‘Don’t Worry Son’.

“That song that was actually meant to inspire my son later in life. “But in turn inspired me and reignited my passion for writing,” said Tony

This became the driving force behind the development of the next MEST album. Two years later, with an arsenal of music, he knew that CA is where he needed to be.

In 2018, MEST headed into the studio with Cameron Webb to start production on the next record. MEST initially signed with Cyber Trax, the record label of El Hefe from the legendary Punk Rock band NOFX. After finishing the record, communication broke down with that label and Tony was reminded of his grandfather’s statement and decided it was best to buy the record back and release it himself, raising over $54,000 on Kickstarter.

MEST released their 7th Full length album titled ‘Masquerade’ in January 2020, three months before the world shut down from the COVID-19 pandemic.

MEST toured extensively in 2019 as direct support for Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and was the special guest on the Reel Big Fish/Bowling for Soup co-headlining tour in the summer of 2019. Finally ending the year doing direct support for the Swedish punk rock band Millencolin.

What does the future like for MEST?

MEST has spent the last 2 years writing/recording the first of three LP’s which will come out this year with the 1st one titled ‘Youth.’ Tony has secured a deal for the upcoming MEST LP to be released on Avex Records in Japan as well as SBAM Records in Europe.

Never forgetting the blue collar work ethic they inherited from their home town. MEST looks forward to heading back out on the road to do what they do best, perform their energetic and entertaining live shows. All the while still earning each fan through their grass roots approach.

MEST is heading to Europe May 25 through June 9th for a headlining run and festival appearances.

When Tony was asked to sum up 28 years of MEST thus far, he replied “I don’t know, I mean honestly it feels like we’re just getting started…”

Tour Dates:

Sun, May 26 @ DrinkDrink, Rue Paepsem 123.8, Brussels, Belgium

w/ Taken Days, Young Enough, and Mirabelle

Mon, May 27 @ Goldrube, Eisenschmiede 85, Kassel, Germany

w/ Taken Days

Tue, May 28 @ p.m.k., Viaduktbogen 18/20, Innsbruck, Austria

w/Taken Days

Thu, May 30 @ Cafe Central Punk Rock Festival (Cafe Central) Weinheim, Germany

Fri, May 31 @ SBAM Fest 2024 (Wels Alter Schlachthof, Dragonerstraße 22, 4600 Wels, Austria, Austria)

with GOLDFINGER (exclusive Austria/Germany), SICK OF IT ALL, H2O, SATANIC SURFERS, BRACKET (exclusive SBAM Fest), NOT ON TOUR (exclusive SBAM Fest too), VERSUS THE WORLD, DFL, NOFNOG, SWALLOW’S ROSE and many many more

Sat, Jun 1 @ SBAM Fest 2024 ( Im Wizemann, Quellenstraße 7 70376, Stuttgart, Germany)

w/ GOLDFINGER (exclusive Austria/Germany), SICK OF IT ALL, H2O, SATANIC SURFERS, BRACKET (exclusive SBAM Fest), NOT ON TOUR (exclusive SBAM Fest too), VERSUS THE WORLD, DFL, NOFNOG, SWALLOW’S ROSE and many many more

Sun, Jun 2 @ Club Vaudeville, Von-Behring-Straße 6-8, 88131, Lindau, Germany

w/Taken Days

Tue, Jun 4 @ Backstage By the Mill, 92 Boulevard de Clichy 75018, Paris, France

w/ Taken Days

Wed, Jun 5 @ New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, London

MEST w/Taken Days

Thu, Jun 6 @ 6:00PM New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, London

w/Taken Days

Fri, Jun 7 @ 7:30PM Pitcher , Oberbilker Allee 29 40215, Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt

w/Taken Days

Sat, Jun 8 @ Kufa, Langer Garten 1 31137, Hildesheim, Germany

w/Taken Days and Holly Would Surrender