Back in high school I used to be really, really into ska. I had a boyfriend at the time who hated it (probably still does) because it was “too happy and sounds like circus music.” To that I told him legend of bands like the Mephiskapheles, the satanic ska band, and it still wouldn’t sway him. For that, I wish I had known about Citizen Fish in my youth. With Dancing on Spikes, the band is up to its usual political calling out and taking a stance on issues. Though this record came out originally in 2011, this is the first time this album has been on vinyl. Themes include rejecting religion and 9/11, so it’s much heavier than the aforementioned then-boyfriend’s version of ska, though I have to say that the song, “Write It All Down” does sort of sound like a circus. My favorite lyrics are the chorus of “My god’s bigger than your god’s bigger than his god’s bigger than mine / Hands together, eyes close / Who do you believe in? Cus I don’t,” peppered throughout the song “Beyond Belief.” Dick and crew always bring through a quality project though, and I’m guessing if you’re a fan of Citizen Fish at all then you already have a copy, but this one is on vinyl!
–Kayla Greet (PHR)