Normal History Vol. 719: 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 39-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Maybe lyricists think writing about subjects that might prove to be controversial is too risky. Hot water, ahoy. It’s likely more comfortable to stick to the tried-and-true areas of love and heartbreak. Maybe lyricists swerve important topics for fear of being labeled “political” or because they don’t want to get things wrong. I would say being in a political band is vastly more interesting and fun than any other kind of band, including famous.

“I Hear You” from The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):