Normal History Vol. 369: 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.

I’m not sure if it was late last night or early this morning. Either way, it was dark and my eyes were closed when teeth popped into my head. Painted teeth.

This morning, before I saw the “memory” that Facebook was prompting me to “share,” I did a little sketch of an idea I had for a new series. Then I chatted with a couple of guitar players—both women—about the possibility of forming new bands. This was very exciting, but it was getting later and later and I wanted to have time to paint the first in what I hope will be a new series. The “Angry Woman In Rock” series: teeth and tongues in passionate mouths singing loudly, intense women with furrowed brows holding a Shure 58.

“OK Here We Go” from the album Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1996) (download):