Normal History Vol. 458: 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 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Mecca Normal is writing new songs, my favorite of which (so far) is “In The Highly Nuanced Life Of The Conqueror,” which is about becoming desensitized to violence, basically. I came up with the words as I heard the music for the first time, and as we always do, I recorded it. This is our longstanding and one of our most solid methods of songwriting. Dave has the music worked out, and sometimes I have lyrics; other times, I “write them” while hearing the song. We’re aiming to record in the spring, and ideally, we’ll use this method of working while we’re in the studio.

“You Heard It All” from Jarred Up (K, 1993) (download):