1999: The Point At Which It Falls Apart
After a short break from touring but hard work in the studio, the album The Point At Which It Falls Apart and the advance single People Like Me (With This Gun) were released in February 1999. With this album, the boys from Bristol departed from the hard side of the electro pop and continued the melodic and harmonic structure they begun with Fragmente. The lyrics clearly showed one of the most important sides of mesh: the well-thought out, self-critical and questioning demeanour.
The album was in the Top Ten of the German Alternative Charts for several weeks. The single People Like Me (With This Gun) even climbed to number 3.
Due to their increasing popularity, it was quite easy for the Meshies to organize their first complete tour in April. Along with Melotron as support, fans could see them live in ten discotheques and venues across Germany. It seemed that mesh finally hit the big time.
The second single It Scares Me came out right after the tour, in May 1999. On the one hand, mesh were now being played more often in the discotheques and on the other hand, a semi-professional video clip of It Scares Me was shown on free German television.
mesh had their first festival performance at the Zillo-Festival in 1999. The band was praised frenetically by 7,000 enthusiastic fans in a location that was obviously too small given their new popularity. It was also the first time, they played the song Safe With Me live and it had everybody singing along. mesh played a further concert at a Depeche Mode party in Hamburg. It was recorded and then released as live VHS and CD in May 2000 – known as On This Tour Forever.
The third single release from The Point At Which It Falls Apart in October 1999 was Not Prepared. It was the first time mesh shot a proper video clip that was shown on various German music channels like Viva, Viva2 and MTV. But for many the highlight of that year was definitely the appearance of the band on the show Chart Attack on ZDF in November 1999.
During their first small tour across Europe from October until December 1999, mesh rocked the venues in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany. As the main act for the Synthie-Pop-Festival in Krefeld, mesh played in front of 800 fans in the Kulturfabrik which was completely sold out. The most successful year to date since the creation of the band was brought to a close with a sold out show in London and a performance at the Heavens-Gate-Festival in Strasbourg, France.