Monthly Archives: July 2014

Pre-orders / Streaming

AUGUST 1, 2014 Streaming three songs on pre-order page

1 MN CD FINAL mock up
“Empathy for the Evil” pre-orders begin around 2:00 a.m.  July 31

September / October Tour: Northeastern USA

NYC — September 23 at Trans-Pecos with Mount Eerie
NYC — September 24 at le poisson rouge with Mount Eerie
Boston — September 25, Lilypad with E
Providence — September 26 at AS220 with Thalia Zedek Band & 75 Dollar Bill
Easthampton — September 27 at Flywheel with 75 Dollar Bill
Hudson, NY — September 28 at John Doe Records and Books with 75 Dollar Bill
NYC — September 29 at Troost with 75 Dollar Bill
Philly — October 1, Random Tea House
DC — October 4, Back Alley Theater

Vancouver — October 18, Wrong Wave Festival, SFU
Vancouver — November 15, Media Club with Mirah


West Coast Shows 2014



Seattle, Lake Washington, July 14 Boating with Clyde
Seattle, July 15 at Hollow Earth Radio
Portland, July 16 at the Red and Black Café
Olympia, July 17
Anacortes, Washington, Friday July 18 at the Unknown Music Series

Mecca Normal on FaceBook 

Press Release Empathy for the Evil

Mecca Normal at Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle


 Jean at Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle

David Lester, Calvin Johnson, Tobi Vail, Jean Smith at the Red and Black Café, Portland

Motel 6, Portland

Boating with Clyde on Lake Washington, Seattle

Unknown Music Festival, Anacortes

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Portland Mercury

“Of all the bands that emerged from the vibrant ’90s underground scene, the one that’s most unfairly glossed over is Mecca Normal. It’s likely something to do with the Canadian duo’s uncompromising sound: the slashing guitar chords of David Lester snapping at singer Jean Smith’s challenging feminist lyrics and fearless singing. It was blues music filtered through a punk prism. Twenty-plus years later, and the pair haven’t shifted their aesthetic in the least, only calmed it a little. Their most recent album, Empathy for the Evil, was recorded with former Bongwater founder Kramer, who adds a welcome psychedelic tinge that lends a strangely wistful quality to these often stirring political anthems. This show continues M’lady’s Record’s series of shows celebrating the Portland label’s seventh anniversary.” — Portland Mercury, July 16, 2014