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 39-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.
In the ‘80s and ‘90s, we toured with likeminded, minimalist musicians, primarily as the anti-authoritarian Black Wedge. We toured in the U.K., down the West Coast to L.A., Vancouver to Montreal and the northeastern U.S. We presented some interesting poetry and music events, but I would never again tour with people I hadn’t met—or even spoken to—before. Please laugh. Now that I’m 62, it seems absurd to hit the road and put on shows night after night with total strangers.
“Accidently” from Jarred Up (K, 1995) (download):