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Victims Of Circumstance
Roll The Dice
Financial Records


"Haven't I heard this before?" was the first thing that came to mind when listening to the sophomore album, Roll The Dice, by the Florida based band Victims Of Circumstance. Each song seems to be heavily influenced by the third wave ska bands that Victims Of Circumstance opened for in the past two years, rather than offering something new and unique. And with the album being consistently on the same energetic wavelength, which becomes almost repetitive by the end, you are ready to move on to the next album or even band.

However, there are a couple of tracks that stood out. Each of these tracks (list below) seems to contain more of the Psychobilly origins. But instead of just copying the genre, Victims Of Circumstance interestingly mix a horn section into the fast paced melody. If only they could have added more of this to the rest of the album…

Songs to check out:
"4th Branch" - I love any song with "hey, hey, hey" in it so I might be biased.
"On My Way" - This song reminds me of something that The Vandals would produce, but without the fantastic lyrics. I still give it a thumbs up.
"Chop Shop" -Good drums, good brass, good melody = good song.

And not so much:
"Tiny Sleeves" - Sounds like every other poppy ska song out there. Blah.
"This Riot Used To Be A Party" - This song is too catchy and becomes annoying. Can definitely do without.
"Oi' Paranoia" - I actually really like the ending of this song, but it takes so long to get there.

-Melissa Skrbic-Huss

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