Punk rock group Victims of Circumstance wasted no time getting out new music this year. The band’s new album “FIVE” dropped January 24. The first single released from the album was ‘Sober’. The jazzy, ska-esque song grapples with the fear and pain of growing older and how to deal with addiction. While trying to sound optimistic, the song preys on the nightmare of hating who you’ve become. The misdirection in the tone of the music keeps it from becoming a whiny mess. The lyrics paired with the instrumental gives the song much needed balance. Each song on the album echoes the same sentiment. Easy-to-swallow lyrics and pops of gang vocals carry one song to the next. The songs seamlessly transition from one to another. “FIVE” is an album that could easily resonate with fans of Bowling for Soup and Sublime. The playful catchiness of each song captures the nostalgia each of those bands have left behind. 2020 very well may be the return of ska. For some, it has never left. But “FIVE” does a great job in highlighting what everyone loves about the genre. “FIVE” is available everywhere now. Don’t hesitate to give it a spin.
Review By: Kiya Gaskin