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On The Record: Mest


From the seminal punk rock bands like Green Day and Rancid that helped launch his career to guilty pop pleasure like Kelly Clarkson, Tony Lovato of early ’00s punk rockers Mest fills us in on the most influential albums in his record collection.

What was the first album or single you ever bought with your own money and where did you buy it?
Green Day – Dookie. I can’t remember where I bought it… Whatever record stores existed in 1994.

What one album changed your life more than any other and in what way?
Green Day – Dookie. I was 15 years old and had just gotten expelled from school. I didn’t really know what to do with myself and all of a sudden I had this record that spoke to me in every way. It made me feel normal… it was essentially my bible [laughs].

What is one album or song that reminds you of your childhood?
There are so many… “True Blue” by Madonna reminds me of being six or seven years old. I loved that record. Social Distortion’s “Story Of My Life”. I remember listening to that when I was like 11 or 12, and it seemed like he was singing about my hood, and now everytime I go home shit has changed and gotten worse. There’s more empty buildings, more liquor stores… it’s pretty much turned into the ghetto now. “Basket Case” by Green Day and “Radio” by Rancid are another two songs I’d listen to late at night that just made me feel good as a kid.

What album did you jam the most during your high school years?
I didn’t go to high school but during that age any Green Day, Rancid, NOFX, or Social D record. All the time.

What album instantly puts you in a good mood?
Fuck, there’s so many. All the punk rock records I grew up on. Music brings you back to a time and place, and that’s what makes it so great.

What is one obscure album in your collection that everyone should know about?

Meatloaf’s Bat Out Of Hell. No joke, it’s a great theatrical record.

What’s one album you consider to be your guilty pleasure?
Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway. It has some great songs on it and found out later on that my friend Marty played bass on it.

What is the ultimate house-trashing party album?
Beastie Boys’ Licensed To Ill. “Fight For Your Right”… Do I even have to explain why? [laughs]

What is the best album to listen to when you’re hungover on a Sunday morning?
No albums for me. When I got hangovers I’m checked out, but if I had to, probably some good reggae. Weed helps with hangovers I hear…

What’s one album that made you want to start a band?
Green Day’s Dookie and Rancid’s Let’s Go records played a key role in the start of Mest.

What one album from history do you wish you had performed on?
Hmm I don’t really feel I should have performed on anyone’s record… it’s their record, not mine.

What’s one album or song you want played at your funeral?
“Someday Never Comes” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s a song that has always reminded me of my father. We listened to a lot of CCR growing up and I hope to one day show that song to my son and have him relate it to me the same way. And my son knows my dad as papa, which is what they sing in the song.

What is the last album you bought and what did you think of it?
I haven’t bought an album in so long… I just listen to what I grew up on. Maybe I’ll change that soon.

Mest / Hawthorne Heights
Tour Dates

Thu Apr 21st – University of Wollongong, Wollongong (18+)
Tix: moshtix.com.au
Fri Apr 22nd – The Brightside, Brisbane (18+)
Tix: oztix.com.au
Sat Apr 23rd – MMRS, Sydney (18+)
Tix: At the door
Sun Apr 24th – The Basement, Canberra (18+)
Tix: oztix.com.au

  • Kat

    I have loved Mest for 16 years and it’s my go to band when Im driving on a lovely Colorado day. Loved the flash back video at the end of the interview. Thanks guys. Made my night. xo

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