Mecca Normal – “Calico Kills The Cat” (1988)

One woman said,
“I don’t like the way things are going.”
One woman said,
“I think I’ll change it all.”
— “One Woman”

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This encapsulates the Riot Grrrl dream.  The Riot Grrrls didn’t get there, because society moves slowly, like a glacier.  But it was a step in the right direction.  Today we have #MeToo.  We’re continuing to make progress.  It’s just sad that after this many years we still have so far to go.

Mecca Normal were a duo from Vancouver, BC, and their sophomore album Calico Kills The Cat was released on Olympia, Washington’s forward-thinking label K Records.  I’m not sure I can truly say that Mecca Normal remind me of anyone else.  The songs are simple – David Lester on guitar and Jean Smith doing vocals.  That’s basically it.  You don’t even notice the true simplicity of their sound until you focus on it, because you’re so focused on Smith’s forceful and agitated singing.

Their songs are forceful and message-driven.  There’s an honesty here that runs deep.  And I like everything about it.