Normal History Vol. 495: 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 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

First: I’m 100% sure Dave only meant for the word “key” to have a single meaning, so I was going to suggest he maybe make the “y” a bit less like a “g” until I realized that progressive social change, in my opinion, is also related to alcohol consumption.

Unintentional nuances and a total lack of control over what people take away from art (including music) are subjects we’ve talked about over the years, and then there’s the wilful recycling of work that may or may not bring work into or out of focus.

“When You Build A House Without Doors” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):