2002 - 2003: Who Watches Over Me?
In preparation of Who Watches Over Me? the band felt so much excitement, tension and positive response to the first promos, unlike anything they had previously seen. The excitement included Album of the Month, multi-page reports in popular music magazines (Zillo, Sonic Seducer, Orkus), entry into the DAC charts with Leave You Nothing and Who Watches Over Me?, as well as video rotation on Viva Plus and Onyx. And the album was not even released yet!
On 8. April it was finally in the stores, and one week later the first single Leave You Nothing was also available. The clip to Leave You Nothing was filmed in March under the direction of David Incorvaia in Berlin, and in Spain, it even made it into the video rotation of the national television station Los 40 Principales. The artwork, i.e. the photos in the cover of the new album and some on the official English and German website were once again exclusively taken by Neil.
With Who Watches Over Me? mesh succeeded in entering the German Media Control Charts for the very first time. The album rose to a respectable number 63. In Greece, it even reached the Top 20. With the first appearance of the year in London on 21 April 2002 mesh returned to the stage. It was the longest tour so far and the three Brits not only travelled across Germany but also to Switzerland and Belgium for one concert. More festivals followed in Canada, Greece and the UK. Their appearance in the Shockwave Festival in Athens with The Cure and the Dandy Warhols in front of an audience of more than 13,000 people was the largest event to date in the band's history. In the winter, another small tour followed through Europe.
Friends Like These was chosen as the second single in February 2003. The remixes were partially made by such well-known artists as Schiller, Kosheen and Tom Wax. As a B-side, the band had planned Can You Mend Hearts?, but the record company thought this track was too strong and suggested to keep it for the next album. Immediately mesh wrote a brand new song for which they used mesh atypical sounds. The result, From This Height, quickly became an unexpected club-hit and a live favourite. Friends Like These debuted at number 86 on the Media Control Charts and also stayed several weeks at number 1 on the German Alternative Charts and the MDR-Jump listener charts.
After two very successful remixes for the Spanish synthpop band OBK, mesh were invited as support for their shows in Madrid and Barcelona in May.
A few festivals followed with mesh as headliners: At an indoor festival in perhaps Europe's most beautiful club, the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and performances on the main stage at the WGT in Leipzig and at the legendary Arvika Festival in Sweden in front of 11,000 visitors.
In parallel, the songwriting for a new album started, and already in August the fans were presented a first appetiser: Step By Step became the new track on the setlist.