M'lady's Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of the first new album in eight years from one of our favorite groups: MECCA NORMAL. JEAN SMITH and DAVID LESTER have once again rang the alarm, with nine new pieces that form an exquisite song cycle, the lyrics of which are distilled from two of Jean's recently-completed novels—one of which is being shopped around to major publishers by a literary agent. Mecca Normal’s art and music has blown minds around the world for many years now, inspiring people to rattle punk orthodoxy as well as injecting a much-needed blast of intelligence, poise, and imagination into the sometimeslistless underground discourse. Empathy for the Evil was produced, mixed and mastered by KRAMER. Kramer plays bass on all tracks and organ here and there. The album was recorded by RAT BASTARD in Miami Beach in November, 2012. The recording has a real spark throughout, constantly propelling the stories forward. “Arguably the greatest rock band without a rhythm section ever, the duo of acid-voiced singer JEAN SMITH and guitar hero DAVID LESTER must be seen to be believed.”—Douglas Wolk.