1989 - present
Dick - vox
Phil - Guitar
Jasper - Bass, vox
Silas - Drums (Trotsky to 2006)
Big thanx to: Jessica Mills(sax), Miguel from Oakland (trombone), Minty (trumpet), Alice Treasure (sax)
1980 - 1986, 1998 to present
Dick - Vox
Bruce - Guitar, vox
Phil - Bass (1983 - present, Grant Bass 1980 - 1983)
Also, Culture Shock, 1986 - 1989 was:
Dick - vox
Nige - guitar
Paul - Bass, later Jasper
Bill - Drums
Subhumans and Culture Shock formed in Warminster Wiltshire. Citizen Fish was spawned in Bath, UK.
For a decade Citizen Fish has been touring the world: turning gatherings, benefits, and social gigs into an international never-ending weekend. These four dudes from the UK, Dick (vocals, motormouth, idealist, one set of clothes for each tour), Phil (guitar, facial hair, soccer, model for BEAR magazine), Jasper (bass, sweaters, cigarettes, ladies man) and Trotsky (drums, one time proprietor of a worm farm, possibly the only member of the band who can drive a van or bench his weight) have created a blend of punk, ska, and straight up rock'n'roll that appeals to the sing-a-long music fans and even the "muso" musician types that typically dismiss punks as not being able to play their instruments.
But it's not so much the fact that these dudes are the most talented musicians in England, it's what they say and how they say it. In a fun loving, all inclusive way, Citizen Fish (and their previous outfits Culture Shock and the legendary Subhumans) have brought working class radical politics to generations of questioning minds. Leaving aside the typical screaming rants of boring political punk bands, the Fish offer a hopeful, danceable alternative. Whereas other bands have fans, admirers, and flavor-of-the-month teenyboppers hoarding to their concerts, Citizen Fish have established an open and always growing family. The idealistic unifying tone of Dick's lyrics, coupled with the catchy driving riffs of the band, allow the Fish to appeal to a wide variety of folks. Heck, they are the only punk band my whole immediate family has seen play live, twice! My mother still partially blames the band for my father's unemployment. After hearing Dick's ranting prelude to "Call in Sick" at a Philly gig, my father burst out applauding and shouting "Yeah now that's a good one! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!" and took another 6 months off.
Touring the USA with the Fish is more like a good family vacation than working as a cog in the ugly and never-ending corporate world of rock'n'roll promotions. Roadies Richard, Karoline, Pete, Paula, and the rotating AK Press bookseller roam the halls, dance up a storm, and fill up floors on punk houses ranging from the grimy squat in Etters to the hot tubbed palaces of Los Angeles. Everywhere the Fish goes, a bottle, a smoke, and a friendly conversation is sure to follow. Familiar dancing faces in every town, beers and vegetarian meals, and local activists filling the gig halls with information, ideas, and inspiration for positive change is what Citizen Fish are all about.
Craig O'Hara Author, The Philosophy of Punk
DICK LUCAS, "the singer"and lyric writer of Citizen Fish would like to add:-
CATCHES INTERFISH slash/slash/splash and wwwelcome to the internetlactic
world of CITIZEN FISH! Once merely a quartet of
musicians, we are now On The Net ! Which, it says here, increases our
potential crowd to umpteen million people! Enough exclamation marks
the spot where we go into serious detail about Who We Is and all that,
for those that Don't Know
Free Souls In a Trapped Environment LP/Bluurg Records/ Fish24 Wider Than a Postcard LP/Bluurg Records/ Fish26 Disposable Dream/Flesh & Blood 7"/Bluuurg Fish27/Lookout!Lookout61 Live Fish LP/Bluurg / Fish28 TV Dinner 7", split with AOS3/Bluurg/Fish29 Flinch LP/Bluurg/ Fish31 Millennia Madness LP/Bluurg Fish34/Lookout!Lookout123 Thirst LP/Lookout152 Psychological Background Report CD/Bluurg Fish35 Habit EP/Bluurg Fish38/ Lookout206 Active Ingredients
these are available from BLUURG
, as well as T-shirts, CDs, Records and cassettes by Subhumans and