Victims of Circumstance

Victims of Circumstance

 Tampa, Florida, USA
BandAlternativeSka

Victims Of Circumstance, or "VOC" as they are known, are a Punk and Ska band from Clearwater Florida. 2015 marked the bands 10 year anniversary and they don't intend on slowing down any time soon. After releasing their fourth studio album "No More Heroes" in 2014, the band played shows all over the southeast US and topped off the tour with a 3 week run through the UK and Europe in 2015. 2017 brought the release of "Decades Vol. 2" A follow up to their very popular cover album Decades Vol. 1.

Biography

Founded in 2005 in Clearwater, Florida, Victims of Circumstance is a punk-ska band known for blending pop-hooks with a unique style of ska. The current line-up includes band members: Michael Smyth (vocals & guitar), Glenn Stewart (drums), Lindsey Pittard (bass), Jason Atheney (saxophone), and Devin Johnson (trumpet).

The VOC, as they are known by fans, built a loyal following while playing around their home state of Florida before setting out on a tour that ended with an invitation to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones tenth Hometown Throwdown in Boston, MA in 2007. Victims of Circumstance has performed with numerous national acts including Less Than Jake, Big D & the Kids Table, The Pietasters, The Aquabats, Mustard Plug, Whole Wheat Bread, The Toasters and many others.

In 2007 they tapped The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' saxophone player and skacore veteran Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton to produce their first full-length album, Do It Yourself. At the end of 2008, Steve Foote of Big D and the Kids Table produced their second album, Roll the Dice, released in 2009.

In early 2011, the VOC flew to Japan and recorded their first live album, 2011's Live in Japan.

After returning from their first 3 week European Tour in the summer of 2011, The VOC released their self produced album Acupunkture and received rave reviews such as - "This album is Great!. It stands up with the best in the genre." - Tim "Johnny Vegas" Burton of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

In July and August 2012 the VOC completed another successful 3 week European tour which included playing at the world's biggest Punk Rock Festival, "Rebellion", in Blackpool UK. The VOC also provided support on their tour for bands such as MXPX, Snuff and the Creepshow.

In the fall of 2012 the band recorded a six song EP of cover tunes. The album, titled Decades, featured one song from each decade from the '50s through the 2000's. Including an all out Punk and Ska version of UK Boy Band One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful".  Following that release, VOC returned to the studio to write and record their fourth studio album, No More Heroes.

In the summer of 2014 Victims of Circumstance released their fourth studio album No More Heroes and provided support for bands such as Streetlight Manifesto and The Dropkick Murphys.  One reviewer noted that the new album "delivers even more of the catchy, fast-paced, horn-driven punk many have grown to expect from Victims Of Circumstance. And as always, there are a few bouncy ska songs thrown in for good measure." Online punk news organization, Dying Scene, selected No More Heroes as their top pick for best punk-ska album of 2014.

During 2015, VOC continued to tour in support of the new album.  During the summer they completed their third - 3 week European tour to help celebrate their 10th anniversary.  In 2016, VOC continued to play around the southeast and also recorded the follow up to their highly successful 2012 release "Decades".  Decades Vol. #2 was released in the Spring of 2017 and received heavy play across the US on College, and Internet radio stations.  The Summer of 2018 will bring the release of VOC's 5th all original studio album.



Discography

2007 - Victims Of Circumstance - 3 Song EP
2007 - Do It Yourself - Debut Full Length CD - Produced by Tim Burton of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones
2009 - Roll The Dice - Sophomore Full Length CD - Produced By Steve Foote- Big D and the Kids Table
2011 - Live In Japan - First Full Length Live Album
2011 - Acupunkture - 3rd Full Length CD
2012 - Decades - 6 Song Cover EP
2014 - No More Heroes - 4th Full Length CD

Set List

VOC is mainly an all "original" Punk/Ska/Reggae band, but also has the ability to play MANY cover songs depending on the performance request.