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.
With Bikini Kill playing shows in L.A. and New York, it feels like great timing to be releasing Mecca Normal’s live in 1996 album. In 2016, Mecca Normal opened three shows for the Julie Ruin (Bikini Kill members) at which Kathleen Hanna said from the stage: “Their music is still as relevant as it was 25 years ago when I first saw them. It makes me happy that their music is still relevant because they’re doing it better than ever. And their new songs are so fucking great and hilarious, and Jean’s got such an awesome sense of humour.”