Normal History Vol. 688: The Art Of David Lester


Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 39-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Five years ago, I livestreamed a Mecca Normal rehearsal from my front room. I flipped the video so Dave would be playing guitar correctly. We’d recently done three shows opening for the Julie Ruin, and no doubt we planned to record new songs and tour. Strange to see us in less-oppressive times, laughing and joking around. Pre-pleas for kindness, consideration and calm.

Greater Beauty” from Flood Plain (K, 1993) (download):

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