Mecca Normal

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Mecca Normal
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genres indie rock
Years active 1984-present
Labels Smarten Up!, K Records, Kill Rock Stars, Matador Records
Members Jean Smith
David Lester


Mecca Normal is a two-piece indie rock band from Vancouver, Canada, formed by Jean Smith and David Lester in 1984. Smith writes lyrics and sings in a style that is often confrontational and laced with feminist themes; Lester's melodic yet dissonant guitar swirls and loops around her vocals. Merging the personal with the political in their songs and art-related activism, they helped define the sound and spirit of the early diy/indie rock/riot grrrl movement alongside bands such as Beat Happening and Bikini Kill.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1985 they formed their own record label Smarten Up! to release their debut album.[2] Subsequently, Mecca Normal had full-length releases on three of the largest indie labels of the 90s, with albums on K Records, Kill Rock Stars, Matador Records, and Smarten Up! and a 7" single released by Sub Pop.[3] Smarten Up! later merged with Lester's small press publishing company Get To The Point to form the label Smarten Up! & Get To The Point on which they released an album in 2003.

Much of Mecca Normal's album The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) was inspired by Smith's experiences using online dating websites.[4][5]

In November, 2012, Mecca Normal recorded an album's worth of songs with Kramer and Rat Bastard at the Laundry Room in Miami Beach, Florida.

Other activities[edit]

Smith is a painter and the author of two published novels, and Lester is a graphic designer and painter whose work includes "Inspired Agitators" - a series of posters profiling specific left-wing activists.

Lester's graphic novel The Listener (Arbeiter Ring Publishing, 2011)[6] was nominated for a ForeWord Reviews' Book Of The Year Award in the graphic novel category.

Smith also formed 2 Foot Flame with New Zealanders Peter Jefferies and Michael Morley. 2 Foot Flame released two LPs on Matador Records, 1995's self-titled LP, and 1997's Ultra Drowning.

Smith also performs and records as a solo artist.[7]

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