Tuesday, 29 November 2016

CITIZEN FISH






































"manmade"
Year:  2016
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Bluurgh
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Reggae



























Limited edition issue by "Bluurgh Records" (label own of Citizen Fish) which collect their EP's "manmade" plus "dancing on spikes", recorded in 2015 and 2012 respectivily. This is a fistful of good songs which far from their punker b-side band, Subhumans, doesn't sound as dirty punk rock but the opposite, closer to clean, melodic and well produced reggae, ska and rock steady... also few punk rock touches of course. About lyrical themes, these guys continue with their particular protest, social issues, politics, etc.
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"life size"
Year:  2001
Country:  UK
City:  Bath
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska        Punk




























Citizen Fish are a ska punk band formed in 1989. Based around Bath, England, the original members were Dick Lucas (vocals/words), Jasper (bass), Trotsky (drums), and Larry (guitar). Following their first album, Free Souls in a Trapped Environment, Larry left the band and was replaced by Phil, who, along with Dick and Trotsky, had previously been a member of the seminal British punk band, the Subhumans. Jasper and Dick had previously played together in Culture Shock. In 2006 Silas replaced Trotsky, who is still playing with the Subhumans. The band is known for their lyrics, which often make strong social and political statements, dealing with themes such as anti-consumerism, vegetarianism, questioning of the status quo, and the general encouragement of people to get along with one another. It is rumored that the band Citizen Dick from the movie Singles is an homage to Citizen Fish and its lead singer. In 2006 they toured with and recorded a split LP with punk band Leftöver Crack. This was the first Fish activity in recent years, as the members have been concentrating on Subhumans activity as of late (they did do a small East Coast/Midwest U.S. tour consisting of off-the-map bars and basements in the summer of 2005, much to the delight of dedicated fans).
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"thirst"
Year:  1996
Country:  UK
City:  Bath
Label:  Lookout
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Ska        Punk




























After four studio albums and several official live recordings, Citizen Fish started to write one of their more successful albums next to maybe "Life size" and some one other. The band here repeated the same schedule which mix rockin punk music, fun ska and political lyrics. In fact nothing or almost nothing to do with their old band Subhumans, except in the lyrical themes which continue to be related to social issues, politics, injustices, ecologism, etc. A very good Citizen Fish album no doubt released stil by independent and already defunct label "Lookout Records".
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