Normal History Vol. 354: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“The Revival Of Cruelty”
Half hostage, half victim
Blackmail shifts around
There is a closing up and drawing in

The spectacle is the reward
In a catalytic cycle the universe behaves
A crowd chants out at ringside
Calling for the revival of cruelty
Calling out for more

When a direction is taken
It starts justifying itself
Beginning by imposing a dismissal
Of all that’s unexplored
Direction becomes a window in the semi-dark of night
We are peering in or we are gazing out

And the crowd calls out for more
Calling for
The revival of cruelty

“The Revival Of Cruelty” from the album The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):