Unwritten Law Biography
The Alternative-Rock Punk-Rock group Unwritten Law formed in 1990 in San Diego, California USA, originally comprising vocalist Scott Russo, guitarists Rob Brewer and Steve Morris, bassist John Bell and drummer Wade Youman.
The quintet made their debut in 1995 with an independent album entitled "Blue Room".
By spring of the next year they released the band's second effort, "Oz Factor", on Epic Records; the group hit the road hard, gaining new fans, but the record failed to chart and none of the singles released from the album charted.
Unwritten Law's third offering, was recorded with Pat Kim of Sprung Monkey on bass who joined the crew after the departure of John Bell; the self-titled album was issued in mid-1998 on Interscope breaking the top 20 of Billboard Magazine's Top Heatseekers chart, "Cailin" became their first Modern Rock top 30 hit single.
After three and a half years the group resurfaced with "Elva"; the disc peaked at #69 on The Billboard Top 200 chart selling in excess of 400,000 copies. The lead-off single, "Seein' Red", flew to the top of The Modern Rock Tracks and "Up All Night" peaked at #14 on the same chart.
In January 2003 the Southern California punksters released the semi-acoustic set "Music In High Places", which featured the track "Rest Of My Life", a single which hit the #16 spot on The Modern Rock chart.
Unwritten Law, with new drummer Tony Palermo, issued their next studio record, "Here's To The Mourning", in February 2005; one month later the group fired longtime guitarist Rob Brewer following an onstage fracas that left frontman Scott Russo with one less tooth. The album, released through Lava, debuted on the Billboard Chart Top 200 at #51. The first single, "Save Me (Wake Up Call)", quickly catapulted into the top 5 of The Modern Rock chart while "She Says" topped out at #32.
Unwritten Law spent much of 2006 recording a best-of album entitled "The
Hit List". The set contained 17 re-recorded of the band's most popular
songs as well as 2 new songs including lead single "Shoulda Known
Two years later Tony Palermo exited the group to join up with Papa Roach, Dylan Howard took his place behind the drum set.
No longer forced to work within the constraints of the major labels, Unwritten Law is enjoying their new found freedom as they get ready to release their new full-length disc, "Swan", on independent powerhouse Suburban Noize Records in March 2011. The band have selected "Starships And Apocalypse" as the first single off their sixth studio album.