Artist of the day: Victims of Circumstance
Long time local ska band Victims of Circumstance are living proof that hard work and dedication really can pay off.
The band is packing their bags and heading to Eureope for an 18-day tour in August. One of their biggest stops is in Blackpool, England for the Rebellion Festival, where they’ll share the stage with big names like MxPx, Rancid and Social Distortion. It’ll be their second European tour, following a 2011 trek that send them to the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Belgium.
“Our first trip kept getting pushed back for various reasons, but once we finally made it over there, it was life changing,” said saxophonist Jay Atheney, sitting in the band’s Clearwater recording studio, Audio Impact Studio.
Drummer-manager Glenn Stewart described the European music scene as on a whole different level than in the U.S. “It’s just a part of their culture to go out to clubs and go to shows. Venues that hold 100 people would be packed with 200 or more, just to see us. Not to put down everyone over here, but it’s just different.”
While on tour, inspiration fueled the band, and the foundation for the music that would become their third studio album, Acupunkture, began to take shape. It was released last October. They’re currently working on their fourth studio album.
To prepare for the European tour, the band has decided to limit their number of shows and ramp up their practice schedule. But they will play a “goodbye show” on Saturday at the Local 662 in St. Petersburg. Resinated, Lemon Law and Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypso are also on the bill. Tickets are $7. Click here for details.
-- Kate Cillian, tbt*