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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

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