Victims of Circumstance - Roll the Dice
Record Label: Financial Records
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Clearwater, Florida's kings of ska, Victims of Circumstance. Armed with a sophomore album full of ska-punk reminiscent of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Victims of Circumstance are ready to get the party started.
How is it?
Produced by Big D & the Kids Table's Steve Foote, the album itself isn't out to redefine the genre, but I'll be damned if it's not a ton of fun. Tracks such as "This Riot Used To Be a Party," Time Goes On," and "Get Out" will have you skanking along the floor, while "4th Branch" shows off the ska-punk side and will have the circle pit going. The album slows down a bit on the reggae-tinged "5th Column," but it's a welcome change of pace and is slightly reminiscent of Big D & the Kids Table's "Strictly Rude." Musically, the band is tight, playing fun, upbeat ska. Vocally, Mike Smyth has a sort of grittiness to his voice, at times sounding like a watered down Chris Demakes of Less Than Jake.
If you're a fan of ska, at least check these guys out. They don't play the best ska you'll ever hear, but it is a lot of fun to listen to. So put it on, drink a beer and skank to your heart's content!