Unwritten Law is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Poway, California (a suburb of San Diego) and currently recording for Suburban Noize Records. They have released seven full-length studio albums and have toured internationally, including performances on the Warped Tour. They are notable for their singles "Seein' Red" and "Save Me (Wake Up Call)," both of which entered the top 5 in the US Modern Rock charts. Their most recent release is a "best of" album entitled The Hit List, released January 2, 2007.
Their second album, Oz Factor, was released in 1996. The songs "Denied" and "Superman" received airplay 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.
In 2003 the band was invited by VH1 to film an episode of the live acoustic series Music in High Places. The invitation happened somewhat by accident, as the station was hoping to attract Jimmy Eat World but contacted Unwritten Law's management by mistake. The band recorded a set of acoustic performances in various locales at Yellowstone National Park. They prepared the recordings for release as an album, but Interscope declined to release it. The band ended their contract with Interscope and signed to Lava Records, who released Music in High Places as an album. The performance was also released as a DVD entitled Live in Yellowstone. The song "Rest of My Life" from this performance received airplay on modern rock radio stations nationwide.
In March 2005 guitarist Rob Brewer was fired from Unwritten Law due to disputes with Russo and other band members. The band chose not to replace him and continued on as a 4-piece. They continued to tour in support of Here's to the Mourning across the United States as well as internationally.
Also during 2007, Palermo acted as fill-in touring drummer for Papa Roach. In February 2008 it was announced that Palermo had joined Papa Roach permanently. Meanwhile, Unwritten Law filmed a live DVD at the Key Club in Hollywood, California in March 2008.
Recently, according to Amazon.com, the CD/DVD set will be released on 30th September 2008.
| (1991 - 1998)|
(studio recording only)
| (1998 - 2003)|
Music in High Places
Here's to the Mourning
| (2005 - current)|
The Hit List
|1994||Blue Room||Red Eye||CD/Cassette||First album.|
|1996||Oz Factor||Epic||CD||Last album with bassist John Bell.|
|1998||Unwritten Law||Interscope||CD||First album with bassist Pat Kim.|
|2005||Here's to the Mourning||Lava||CD||First album with drummer Tony Palermo. Last album with guitarist Rob Brewer.|
|1993||Blurr||Red Eye||7" vinyl||First single. Out of print.|
|1999||Visit to Oz||Interscope||EP||Australian tour EP. Out of print.|
|2003||Music in High Places||Lava||CD||Last album with drummer Wade Youman.|
|2008||Live & Lawless||Suburban Noize||CD/DVD||First album with drummer Dylan Howard.|
|2006||20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection||Interscope||CD||"Best of" compilation of tracks from Interscope releases Unwritten Law and Elva.|
|2007||The Hit List||Abydos||CD||"Best of" album including 2 new songs, new recordings of 14 previously released songs, and 3 songs from Here's to the Mourning.|
|US Hot 100||US Modern Rock|
|2000||"Lonesome"||–||–||"Falling Down" (live), "Denied" (live), "CPK" (live), "Lonesome" (live)|
|2001||"Up All Night"||–||14||"Darkside," "Baby, Baby" (demo)||Elva|
|2002||"Seein' Red"||105||1||"Take Me Away," "Mean Girl (Trickbaby remix)"|
|2003||"Rest of My Life"||–||16||Music in High Places||Lava|
|2005||"Save Me (Wake Up Call)"||108||5||"Save Me" (radio edit), "Save Me (Reggae mix)," "Slow Dance (remix)"||Here's to the Mourning||WEA/Atlantic|
|"She Says"||–||32||'Get Up (remix)," "F.I.G.H.T. (remix)"|
|1997||Live in Hollyweird||no label||CD||Live recording from the Palace in Hollywood. Released in a limited edition of 2,000. Out of print.|
|1997||Before You Were Punk||Vagrant||"Goody Two Shoes”||Originally performed by Adam Ant. Features members of Buck-O-Nine on horns.|
|1999||Short Music for Short People||Fat Wreck Chords||"Armageddon Singalong"||Compilation of 101 bands playing 30-second songs.|
|2002||Don't Make Me Pull This Thing Over||Roadrunner||"Take Me Away"||Soundtrack album to MTV's Road Rules.|
|2004||unreleased||no label||"Home in Paradise"||Used as theme song for TV series North Shore.|
|1992||Six Song Demo||no label||Cassette||Recorded at Blindfold Studios. Out of print.|
|1998||"Teenage Suicide"||Unwritten Law|
|2002||"Up All Night"||Elva|
|2003||"Rest of My Life"||Music in High Places|
|2005||"Save Me (Wake Up Call)"||Here's to the Mourning|
|2007||"Shoulda Known Better"||The Hit List|
|2003||Live in Yellowstone||DVD||Complete Music in High Places episode of acoustic recordings in Yellowstone National Park.|