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Unwritten Law

Veteran San Diego, California punk rock band Unwritten Law were formed in the early '90s by drummer Wade Youman. After a few different iterations in its lineup, the band eventually coalesced around vocalist Scott Russo, guitarists Rob Brewer and Steve Morris, bassist John Bell, and Youman. After releasing their debut, Blue Room, on Red Eye Records, Unwritten Law toured America several times but grew frustrated by the lack of distribution of their records. They eventually signed to Epic, which re-released Blue Room and issued their second album, Oz Factor, in 1996. The following year, the group jumped to Interscope and recorded its self-titled third LP in 1998. Just before its release in June of that year, Bell left and was replaced by Sprung Monkey's Pat Kim. Unwritten Law spawned a few scene hits, like "Lonesome" and "Cailin." In early 2002, the band issued its fourth full-length, the less punk, more hard rock Elva. Debut single "Seein' Red" was a hit on MTV's TRL and mainstream radio charts. Before the year came to a close, Unwritten Law inked a major deal with Lava Records. The largely acoustic Music in High Places followed in early 2003. Recorded on location in Yellowstone National Park, the album was part of VH1's Music from High Places series, a sort of National Geographic Explorer for the Warped Tour set. Shortly after, as the band started recording its fifth studio effort, Tony Palermo (Pulley, the Jealous Sound) replaced founding drummer Youman. The Sean Beavan-produced Here's to the Mourning followed in February 2005, featuring the single "Save Me," which also garnered the band another radio hit. A month later during a tour with Sum 41, Rob Brewer was ejected from the band after an on-stage altercation with Russo. The band decided to continue on as a four-piece instead of replacing him. Unwritten Law's installment for the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series was issued in fall 2006 by their former label, Interscope, a curious move considering the band was due to release its own greatest-hits compilation, The Hit List (which included various re-recordings and a new song), in early January 2007. The following year, Palermo left Unwritten Law and joined Papa Roach. He was replaced for a few years by Dylan Howard. The band continued touring and released Live and Lawless in late 2008. After a few years of silence, Swan, the group's sixth studio album, arrived in 2011 via Suburban Noize Records. While touring behind the album, Steve Morris and Pat Kim left the band and were replaced by Derik Envy and Kevin Besignano. Their stint was also short-lived, as they too parted ways after the reconciliatory return of Youman. The band recruited Jonny Grill and Chris Lewis to fill out the quartet in 2013. In 2016 the band released another acoustic collection, the 13-track Acoustic, which included a cover of a John Legend/MSTRKRFT song, as well as a new track, "Belongs to You." ~ John Bush & Neil Z. Yeung
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Stations Featuring
Unwritten Law


    4 songs

    '00s Alternative

    '00s Alternative
    2 songs

    Punk U

    Punk U
    5 songs

    Acoustic Rock

    Acoustic Rock
    1 song

Albums by
Unwritten Law

Top Songs by
Unwritten Law

  1.   Song
  2.   Up All Night
  3.   Seein' Red
  4.   Harmonic
  5.   Cailin
  6.   Sorry
  7.   Superman
  8.   Rest of My Life
  9.   Save Me
  10.   Teenage Suicide
  11.   California Sky
  12.   Shallow
  13.   She Says
  14.   Falling Down
  15.   Teenage
  16.   C.P.K.
  17.   Legend of Johnny and Sarah
  18.   Elva
  19.   Oz Factor
  20.   Superbad
  21.   Sing
  22.   Shoulda Known Better
  23.   Oblivion
  24.   Rejections Cold
  25.   Lost Control
  26.   Because of You
  27.   Evolution
  28.   Babalon
  29.   Rescue Me
  30.   Geronimo
  31.   Hellborn
  32.   How You Feel
  33.   Superficial Society
  34.   Lessons
  35.   Genocide/418
  36.   Before I Go
  37.   Underground
  38.   Holiday
  39.   Stop to Think
  40.   Lame
  41.   Rejected
  42.   Suzanne
  43.   Belongs to You
  44.   Huartbreaker
  45.   Celebration
  46.   Swan Song
  47.   Nevermind
  48.   Love Love Love
  49.   Let You Go
  50.   Dark Dayz
  51.   Chicken (Ready to Go)
  52.   Welcome to Oblivion
  53.   Walrus
  54.   F.I.G.H.T.
  55.   Slow Dance
  56.   I Like the Way
  57.   Celebration Song
  58.   Get Up
  59.   Intro
  60.   Raleigh, Pt. 6
  61.   Actress, Model...
  62.   Nick and Phil
  63.   Blame It on Me
  64.   Sound Siren
  65.   Mean Girl
  66.   Baby, Baby
  67.   Blurred, Pt. 2
  68.   World War III
  69.   Switch
  70.   Kill to Breathe
  71.   Tribute
  72.   Obsession
  73.   What About Me
  74.   Coffin Text
  75.   Lonesome
  76.   Goody Two Shoes
  77.   Denied
  78.   Tell Me Why
  79.   Differences
  80.   Shoulda
  81.   Starships
  82.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  83.   On My Own
  84.   Last Chance
  85.   Darkside
  86.   Close Your Eyes
  87.   Armageddon Singalong
  88.   Hit and Run
  89.   Starships and Apocalypse