Citizen Fish – Dancing on Spikes ÃÂ (Bluurg / Active)
6 song CD, 20 minutes of positive angry ska-punk ÃÂ£5.50/Ã¢âÂ¬8/$14 postpaid
Tracklisting; Unemplode / HD Riot / Beyond Belief / Over / Write It All Down / It Can’t Go On Forever
Sister-band to the Subhumans made up of Dick Lucas, Jasper and Co, the Fish have always been the ska-punk politicos you can drink and dance to.ÃÂ The contradiction being that it becomes a fun night out listening to them moan about the media, government and public apathy and so on.
Dick’s lyrics are always pretty spot on with some clever wordplay and passionate delivery but do cover the same old ground time and again.
Musically there’s always a lot of energy, tight dynamics and tunes that are as good as prime Two-Tone only with a bit more ”Ëlectric guitar. The brass section on here is particularly magnificent. It Can’t Go On Forever is a great ska-knees up with Do-the-Hucklebuck drumming and a nice bit of accordian.
At their bestÃÂ Citizen Fish sound like a drunken Madness playing the soundtrack to a Tom and Jerry chase sequence whilst a nutter from Speaker’s Corner rants about consumerism over the top (which believe it or not is meant as a compliment!)