Founded in Clearwater, Florida, Victims of Circumstance is a punk-ska band known for blending pop-hooks with a unique style of ska. The band members: Michael Smyth (vocals & guitar), Glenn Stewart (drums), Lindesy Pitard (bass), Jason Atheney (saxophone), and Devin Johnson (trumpet),
The VOC, as they are known by fans, built a dedicated 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 Voodoo Glow Skulls, Big D & the Kids Table, The Pietasters, Whole Wheat Bread, Everybody Out!, The Toasters and 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, slated for release in 2009.
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.
On October 25, 2011 they released their self produced album "Acupunkture" and received 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 2012 the VOC completed another successful 3 week European tour which included playing at the worlds 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 will have the boys finishing up a five song EP of cover tunes that will pull one song from each decade from the '50s through the '90s. Following that release, VOC will be in the studio starting work on their fourth studio album to be released in the Summer/Fall of 2013.
"The Victims of Circumstance manage to keep things entertaining with their total disregard of genre boundaries." ReadJunk.com "(Victims of circumstance are) both catchy and clever." Punk News.org
Michael Smyth - Vocals, Guitar,
Glenn Stewart - Drums,
Lindsey Pittard - Bass,
Jason Atheney - Saxophone,
Devin Johnson - Trumpet