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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.   Superman
  7.   Sorry
  8.   Rest of My Life
  9.   Save Me
  10.   California Sky
  11.   Teenage Suicide
  12.   She Says
  13.   Oz Factor
  14.   Huartbreaker
  15.   Swan Song
  16.   Superbad
  17.   Slow Dance
  18.   Elva
  19.   Hellborn
  20.   Falling Down
  21.   Belongs to You
  22.   Rejected
  23.   Please Come Home for Christmas
  24.   Last Chance
  25.   Dark Dayz
  26.   F.I.G.H.T.
  27.   Rejections Cold
  28.   Lost Control
  29.   Celebration Song
  30.   Get Up
  31.   Intro
  32.   Evolution
  33.   Actress, Model...
  34.   Rescue Me
  35.   Geronimo
  36.   How You Feel
  37.   Sound Siren
  38.   Hit and Run
  39.   World War III
  40.   Superficial Society
  41.   Underground
  42.   Coffin Text
  43.   Legend of Johnny and Sarah
  44.   Shallow
  45.   Suzanne
  46.   Starships
  47.   Teenage
  48.   Sing
  49.   On My Own
  50.   Nevermind
  51.   Love Love Love
  52.   Let You Go
  53.   Shoulda Known Better
  54.   Oblivion
  55.   Walrus
  56.   I Like the Way
  57.   Because of You
  58.   Babalon
  59.   Raleigh, Pt. 6
  60.   Nick and Phil
  61.   Blame It on Me
  62.   Mean Girl
  63.   Baby, Baby
  64.   C.P.K.
  65.   Blurred, Pt. 2
  66.   Switch
  67.   Kill to Breathe
  68.   Lessons
  69.   Tribute
  70.   Obsession
  71.   What About Me
  72.   Before I Go
  73.   Close Your Eyes
  74.   Holiday
  75.   Lonesome
  76.   Goody Two Shoes
  77.   Stop to Think
  78.   Lame
  79.   Differences
  80.   Shoulda
  81.   Celebration
  82.   Starships and Apocalypse
  83.   Chicken (Ready to Go)
  84.   Welcome to Oblivion
  85.   Darkside
  86.   Armageddon Singalong
  87.   Genocide/418
  88.   Denied
  89.   Tell Me Why