35th anniversary micro tour hits Anacortes
Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester) at the WISE Hall in Vancouver, July 13, 2019
photos: Bob Hanham
Peter Jefferies, Jean Smith, Patti Schmidt (host of CBC Radio’s seminal music program Brave New Waves) and David Lester.
This must have been 1996, when we were in Montreal for the show that’s being released as a live album in the Brave New Waves series. Mecca Normal with Peter Jefferies on drums.
Oh, this is also 2 Foot Flame, who will also have a live album in the same series. Dave played guitar with us on that tour.
Mecca Normal live in Montreal (1996) album (LP, CD, extra tracks on BandCamp) will be released in early 2019.
2017: Dave found the tape last week and we took it into a studio yesterday to listen to it. Finally, a live album from that era, and it sounds incredible. Until now, not releasing a mid-90s Mecca Normal performance has been one of my biggest regrets.
1. Water Cuts My Hands
2. Prize Arm
3. Don’t Shoot
4. Tower Island
5. Revival of Cruelty
6. The Dogs
7. Drive At / Peach-a-Vanilla
9. Man Thinks Woman / Strong White Male / I Walk Alone
10. Armchairs Fit through Doorways
11. Are You Hungry Joe?
Images and music referred to in the July 4, 2015 column of the ongoing Mecca Normal collaboration on Magnet Magazine