Normal History Vol. 760: 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 40-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

One layer of “Don’t Shoot” is a bit of a harangue directed at those who are reluctant to stand up for what’s right.

In my opinion, the two characters sitting across from each other are unlikely to be discussing climate change or the housing crisis, but now I’m wondering if there’s something about the illustration that hints at apathy. Or maybe my own biases have worked their way into my interpretation.

“Dont Shoot” from Calico Kills The Cat (K, 1988) (download):