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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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Albums by
Unwritten Law

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    13 songs

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    Acoustic

    19 songs

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    Swan

    12 songs

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    Here's to the Mourning

    12 songs

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    Blue Room

    17 songs

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    Elva

    17 songs

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    Elva

    12 songs

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    Unwritten Law

    12 songs

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    Oz Factor

    4 songs

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    Rolling Stone Originals

    12 songs

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    Here's to the Mourning

    1 song

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    Starships and Apocalypse - Single

    1 song

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    Save Me

    3 songs

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    Up All Night

    12 songs

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    20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Unwritten Law

    11 songs

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    Music In High Places

    40 songs

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    Live and Lawless

    12 songs

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    Blue Room

    1 song

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    Shoulda Known Better

    1 song

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    She Says

    23 songs

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    The Hit List

    23 songs

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    Unwritten Law [Australia 2000 Tour Edition]

    16 songs

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    Lonesome

    13 songs

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    Unwritten Law [Bonus Tracks]


Top Songs by
Unwritten Law

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    Popularity
  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.   Huartbreaker
  13.   F.I.G.H.T.
  14.   Belongs to You
  15.   Armageddon Singalong
  16.   Love Love Love
  17.   Last Chance
  18.   Babalon
  19.   Obsession
  20.   Oz Factor
  21.   Shoulda
  22.   Starships
  23.   Celebration
  24.   On My Own
  25.   Nevermind
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    Café Acoustic

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    Sublime: DNA

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    Alternative Workout

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    '00s Rock


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