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Unwritten Law is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Poway, California (an unincorporated city in San Diego) and currently recording for Suburban Noize Records.

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Unwritten Law is an American rock band formed in 1990 in Poway, California (an unincorporated city in San Diego) and currently recording for Suburban Noize Records. Their initial lineup consisted of singer Scott Russo, guitarists Steve Morris and Rob Brewer, bassist John Bell, and drummer Wade Youman.

They released their six-song demo in 1992 and the EP “Blurr” in 1993. Their debut album “Blue Room” was released in 1994 through local label Red Eye Records.

The band then signed to Epic Records, who re-released “Blue Room” and put out 1996's “Oz Factor,” supported by singles for "Lame," "Denied" and "Superman.”

Bell then left the group and the band signed to Interscope Records, bringing in Pivit bassist Micah Albao for the recording of 1998's “Unwritten Law.” By the time of the album's release Pat "PK" Kim had become their permanent bassist. “Unwritten Law” was their first album to chart, reaching #16 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. "Cailin" and "Lonesome" were released as singles, the former being Unwritten Law's first song to chart, reaching #28 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. In 1999 they released the “Visit to Oz” EP in Australia, coinciding with their first headlining tour there.

The band's fourth album was 2002's “Elva,” their first to chart on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, reaching #69. "Up All Night" and "Seein' Red" were both released as singles, the latter becoming the highest-charting song of the band's career by reaching the #1 spot on the Alternative Songs chart.

The group then moved to Lava Records and released 2003's “Music in High Places,” a live acoustic album recorded in Yellowstone National Park for the VH1 series of the same name, which spawned a charting single for "Rest of My Life."

Youman was then ejected from the band, so Adrian Young and Tony Palermo played drums on the recording of 2005’s “Here's to the Mourning.” Palermo joined the band permanently, and the singles for "Save Me (Wake Up Call)" and "She Says" from the album both reached the Alternative Songs chart, the former being the band's second-highest charting song at #5. Brewer was fired from Unwritten Law in 2005 and the band continued as a quartet.

In 2006 Interscope released “20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection,” a compilation of tracks from “Unwritten Law” and “Elva.” Unwritten Law followed by releasing their own greatest hits album, “The Hit List,” on Abydos Records in 2007. Consisting mostly of re-recorded versions of songs from their back catalog, it reached #10 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

Palermo then left Unwritten Law for Papa Roach and was replaced by Dylan Howard. The band signed to Suburban Noize Records, releasing the live album and DVD “Live and Lawless” in 2008 and their sixth studio album, “Swan,” in 2011.

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