Normal History Vol. 520: 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 35-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Artoffact Records first contacted me in 2014, and we’ve been working on this album ever since. Originally, it was supposed to be a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) studio session for the iconic national radio show Brave New Waves, but the tape couldn’t be located. Then, in 2017, David found a tape of a show we played in 1996 (with Peter Jefferies on drums) in a small theatre in Montreal. I dunno why exactly, but this has been a freakishly long time in the making.

Not having a live album of Mecca Normal circa mid-’90s has been one of my biggest regrets, but now it’s here!

“Family Swan” from The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):