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Jean Smith and David Lester formed Mecca Normal in Vancouver, Canada in 1984.
Empathy for the Evil
is Mecca Normal‘s 13th album.

RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

LABEL: M’lady’s Records 

FORMAT: LP / CD and mp3

Produced, mixed and mastered by KRAMER. Recorded by Rat Bastard.

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Album art by Jean Smith

Jean Smith vocals (some piano, guitar and sax). David Lester guitar.
KRAMER bass, mellotron and organ.
Produced by KRAMER. Mixed and mastered by KRAMER at Noise Miami.
Recorded by Rat Bastard at the Laundry Room, Miami Beach in November of 2012.

Songs about grand gestures and chance meetings that dramatically alter and derail lives.

“Never before have my novels, my paintings and my song-writing been as closely attuned to each other and to my understanding of human interactions.” – Jean Smith

Most of the songs on this album are directly out of Jean Smith’s two recently-completed novels, including the one that a literary agent is shopping around to large publishers in the USA.

Includes “Odele’s Bath” – the song that 2014 Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels called “a masterpiece of story and manifesto, a lesson in life.”

1. Art Was the Great Leveler 2:32
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal, KRAMER bass

2. What’s Your Name? 3:30
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal and sax, KRAMER bass

3. Wasn’t Said 4:26
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal and piano, KRAMER bass and organ

4.Between Livermore and Tracy 10:19
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal and piano, KRAMER bass, organ and mellotron

5. Normal 4:50
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal, KRAMER bass and organ

6. One Man’s Anger 3:35
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal and piano, KRAMER bass

7. Naked and Ticklish 5:50
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal and guitar, KRAMER bass

8. Maisy’s Death 7:51
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal, KRAMER bass and organ

9. Odele’s Bath 5:43
David Lester guitar, Jean Smith vocal, KRAMER bass

LYRICS
Most of the lyrics are from two recently-completed novels by Jean Smith. The Black Dot Museum of Political Art is about Nadine MacHilltop, a museum curator who cures narcissism with abstract art. Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage delves into the histories of three characters to reveal how personalities form.

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FEATURED VIDEO: Wasn’t Said

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Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal PHOTO by Sean Raggett meccanormal@hotmail

Mecca Normal PHOTO by Sean Raggett

Mecca Normal PHOTO by Sean Raggett meccanormal@hotmail

Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal.

PHOTO CREDIT: Sean Raggett

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Mecca Normal photo by Jean Smith

Jean Smith and David Lester of Mecca Normal.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jean Smith (the day the photographer didn’t show up).

Click through for high rez version.

Jean and David: meccanormal@hotmail.com

Previous Mecca Normal albums were released by K Records, Matador and Kill Rock Stars.

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