Normal History Vol. 499: 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.

The concept of a safe haven, utopia or that “little slice of paradise” takes many forms. The lyrics to “Kingdom Without Weather” might be somewhat dismissive of the idea of settling back into home ownership at the expense of broader involvement, but, as a person who doesn’t believe in either money or the mysterious marking of land to call one’s own, I’ve been trying to secure a place where artists can go to make art that rails against capitalism, the patriarch and injustice on all fronts! Won’t you join me or at least chime in?

“Kingdom Without Weather” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):