In the fall of 2005, two veterans of the Florida Punk Scene, guitarist Michael Smyth and drummer Glenn Stewart were working together at a debt settlement company owned by Stewart. With passions leaning very heavily toward their music, the two found themselves returning to the office late at night to work on songs that would eventually become “Do It Yourself,”, their debut album.
Eventually the boys converted some unused warehouse space next to their office into a rehearsal room. The space grew and grew until they had actually built a state-of-the-art recording studio.
Buoyed by that accomplishment and with a ton of original songs in their back pocket, they decided it was time to form a band to flesh out all the creative ideas they had brewing. So they brought in bassist Lindsey Pittard, saxophonist Jay Atheney and trumpet player Devin Johnson to complete the line-up. Blending pop hooks with their distinctive fusion of punk and ska, Victims of Circumstance quickly made a name for themselves among the sea of Central Florida bands, both for their energetic performances and their commitment to the local scene.
Victims of Circumstance tapped the talents of Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones to produce their debut album “Do It Yourself.” When the album was released in late 2007, the band locked down airplay on over 150 independent and college radio stations and a healthy amount of media attention.
Hot on the heels of the in-store date, the boys supported the release with gigs with the Pietasters, Big D and the Kids Table, and, most importantly, with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the revival of their legendary Hometown Throwdown in Boston. Road warrior in spirit, they continued to play in the Southeast throughout 2008 opening for bands such as Time Again, Whole Wheat Bread and The Voodoo Glow Skulls.
Under the watchful eye of Big D and The Kids Table bass player Steve Foote in the producer’s seat, the band entered the studio again in early 2009 to record the follow-up. The resulting album, Roll the Dice, was released in August of 2009. Jam-packed with tight punk, ska and pop tracks with melodic hooks aplenty, this album pushed the band even further, exploring different rock styles and rhythms.
The VOC continued to tour and open for the likes of The Aquabats, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mustard Plug, and the Toasters to name just a few.
After a successful U.S. East Coast tour and a quick trip to Japan, the boys released their first live album – “Live in Japan” at the beginning of 2011.
In the spring of 2011, the VOC headed back into the studio to start recording tracks for their latest release. In June, they headed to Europe and the UK for an extremely successful and well received 3 week tour. After returning with new inspiration, the VOC finished up the remaining tracks on their self-produced album “Acupunkture,” Acupunkture was released on October 25th 2011 to rave reviews such as – “This album is Great!! Stands with the best in the Genre!!” – Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
Victims of Circumstance has continued to tour supporting the release of Acupunkture. In July/August of 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.
The fall of 2012 had the boys finishing up a six song EP of cover tunes called “Decades,” that pulled one song from each decade from the 50’s through the 2000’s. Decades was released on December 18th 2012 and has received a lot of attention due mainly to their Punk cover of the UK boy band One Direction’s hit single “What Makes You Beautiful.” The VOC finished out 2012 playing shows with acts such as The Toasters, The Slackers, and Less Than Jake.
2013 has a lot in store for Victims of Circumstance, including their fourth studio album due to be released in late summer.