The band spent a lot of time recording and preparing their next album, Elva from 2002. The album was a stylistic shift that deliberately shifted from its established punk rock formula to a more accessible hard rock sound. The lead single “Up All Night” became somewhat popular, but it was “Seein` Red” and the accompanying music video that brought the band their biggest hit and reached No. 1 on the American modern rock charts. They toured extensively to support the album alongside bands such as Sum 41 and The Used. In 2003, the band was invited by VH1 to shoot an episode of the acoustic series Live Music in High Places. The invitation came rather by chance, as the station hoped to attract Jimmy Eat World but accidentally contacted the management of Unwritten Law. The band has recorded a series of acoustic performances at various locations in Yellowstone National Park. They prepared the recordings for release as an album, but Interscope refused to release it. The band ended their contract with Interscope and signed with Lava Records, who released Music in High Places as an album. The performance was also released as a DVD titled Live in Yellowstone. The song “Rest of My Life” from this performance was played nationwide by modern rock radio stations.
The band`s song Song Celebration was used in the soundtracks of Need For Speed: Underground 2 and MX vs ATV Unleashed. In 2011, bassist Pat Kim (who has been with the band for 13 years) and guitarist Steve Morris (a 20-year-old veterinarian) left the band after being described as a physical altercation with singer Scott Russo. In their place: guitarist Kevin Besignano (ex-Bullets and Octane) and bassist Derik Envy (ex-Red Light Sky). Scott [Russo] is now only using the band to advance his career as a Hollywood macho. It has nothing to do with what unwritten law has ever been. It is really wrong. That has always been the case. He is really immersed in himself. Unwritten law is now a business. That`s all there is, and it is.
In 2011, the band consisted of Scott Russo, Steve Morris, Pat Kim and new drummer Dylan Howard. After being banned for ten years for allegedly sparking an “uprising” in Sydney, Australia, they were allowed to return to the Vans Warped Tour this summer. . Youman said he saw his ex-bandmates play Unwritten Law at the House of Blues in Anaheim. “Half of them wouldn`t even look me in the eye. In 2014, founding drummer Wade Youman had repaired the fences with Russo and returned to the band (after spending a few years with Demasiado), and the duo began recording an acoustic album with Russo`s brother Johnny Grill on bass and guitarist Chris Lewis (Fenix TX, Spell Toronto). Singer Scott Russo also issued a statement about the departure of members of his band. As for the other members, “one of them tells me that they depend only on money.” According to Russo, Brewer also pushed a fan who went backstage to meet the band in Anaheim.
“He shouted at the child, `What are you doing in my [dressing room]?` and hit the fan on the other side of the room. We just thought, `What`s wrong with him?` Russo says the dispute on stage was over Brewer`s refusal to play “F.I.G.H.T.” from Here`s to the Mourning. “So I told the microphone that Rob was angry with us. I went to try to hug him, and he pushed me. Russo says he threw water at Brewer, after which “he knocked out one of my teeth. So I walked off the stage. Rob did it too. But I went out again, vomited his guitar and we finished the set without him. Then I threw his guitar into the crowd and gave it to the kids. ».
. . . . Unwritten Law was founded in Poway in 1990. After releasing several albums and touring on the other side of the world, founding drummer Wade Youman was released from the band in 2004. Before the end of the year, Unwritten Law signed a major contract with Lava Records. In early 2003 followed the largely acoustic music in High Places. The album was recorded in Yellowstone National Park and was part of the VH1 Music from High Places series, a kind of National Geographic explorer for the Warped Tour.
Soon after, when the band began recording their fifth studio album, Tony Palermo (Pulley, the Jealous Sound) replaced founding drummer Youman. Here`s to the Mourning, produced by Sean Beavan, followed in February 2005 with the single “Save Me”, which also earned the band another radio hit. A month later, during a tour with Sum 41, Rob Brewer was expelled from the band after an argument with Russo on stage. The band decided to continue as a quartet instead of replacing it. Even his old record company is after him. “My website was shut down wadeyouman.org by Atlantic Records because I was releasing songs I had co-written. I posted the songs for free. They got their hands on my internet server three months ago and told me that Atlantic Records owned these songs. So I said on my new website [unicursal.net] that I`m always going to release these songs. What is little known is that I was one of the songwriters. On the first two records, I wrote most of the lyrics.
Youman was interviewed by the Reader around the same time and had a huge “FOR THE KIDS” tattoo covering his chest. He was dyed the day he was expelled from the group he says he started. Youman said the tagline best explained the difference between him and Unwritten Law lead singer Scott Russo. . In late 2010, the band invited fans to submit covers for their sixth studio album, with the intention of releasing three of these covers on three different album versions. Swan was born on September 29. March 2011 via Breaksilence Recordings/Suburban Noize Records released the unwritten law episode for the 20th Century Masters series – The Millennium Collection was released in the fall of 2006 by their former label Interscope, a strange move given that the band had to release their own compilation of bigger hits, The Hit List (which included various new recordings and a new song). Early January 2007.
Pat Kim has been with the band since 1998, while Steve Morris has been a member since 1991. Blue Room caught the attention of Epic Records, which signed a recording contract with the band. Their second album, Oz Factor, was released in 1996. The songs “Denied” and “Superman” were broadcast on several southern California rock radio stations and were released as singles. Over the next year, the band toured the United States with bands such as Blink-182 and Pennywise. A new 7-inch vinyl, Unwritten Christmas, was released on the Record Store Black Friday 2018 (November 23), limited to 2500 copies and with two tracks previously available on a KROQ Christmas compilation and a promotional CD for Australian fans. In 2008, the band not only toured Australia with Sprung Monkey, but also has a DVD and live CD titled Live And Lawless. The 2-disc CD/DVD, which captures a live performance at the Key Club in Hollywood, was produced by Devin DeHaven (Busta Ryhmes, Method Man, Papa Roach) and includes 13 live tracks as well as behind-the-scenes recordings and interviews with the band. . Anyway, my time at Unwritten Law was one of the most beautiful experiences and one of my proudest achievements. I just want to thank all the fans for their love and support over the years. I`ve met so many good people, made so many friends, traveled, and seen things most people just dream of.
I laughed a lot and learned more. Thanks again, you rock guys! In 2013, founding drummer Wade Youman returned to Unwritten Law after a reconciliation with Scott Russo. After Youman`s return, Derik Envy and Kevin Besignano left the band and were replaced by Johnny Grill (Russo`s younger brother) and Chris Lewis (Fenix TX) respectively.  In early 2019, the 20th anniversary of their self-titled album was celebrated, first released on vinyl via Srcvinyl, with copies available on white vinyl and a limited edition of 500 on fire orange wax. The experienced punk rock band Unwritten Law of San Diego, California, was formed in the early 90s by drummer Wade Youman. .