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