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Citizen Fish: Dick Lucas

Citizen Fish: Dick Lucas

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After a few years touring with his first band, Subhumans, and Citizen Fish, Dick Lucas is back after a 20-year hiatus with original anarcho-ska-punk outfit Culture Shock, leading a night of classic crust-punk and ska.

And the reformed band brings its show to the intimate surroundings of The Continental, Preston, tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15), with guests on the night Autonomads, a DIY dub-punk and ska band from Manchester, and Mayhem Freak, a punk’n’roll combo last seen at The Continental supporting Eddie & the Hot Rods.

Culture Shock were formed in Warminster, Wiltshire, in 1986 by Lucas after his time in Subhumans, and over the next four years played hundreds of gigs, including a lot of free festival appearances, releasing three studio albums on Bluurg Records.

The band’s lyrics concerned social and political issues, from cruelty to animals, Northern Ireland, war and social alienation, favouring a positive and empowering perspective.

The band split at the end of 1989, Lucas going on to form Citizen Fish with the bassist on Culture Shock’s final album and two other former Subhumans.

But now they’re back touring, with tickets priced £10 from the venue on 01772 499425, Action Records on 01772 884772, Preston Visitor Information on 01772 253731, or from the venue’s online partners.