Normal History Vol. 573: The Art Of David Lester

Every week, 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 36-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Turns out Bikini Kill are in fact “the band the world needs now,” as stated in the recent issue of a national music magazine. I’m sure their leadership in cancelling shows at a crucial juncture in the pandemic guided others in making difficult decisions regarding gatherings, travel and other containment strategies.

The two Olympia, Wash., shows were benefits for a homeless shelter in Olympia that was counting on that money.

“Beppo’s Room” from Sitting On Snaps (Matador, 1995) (download):