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Previewing the 2011 Vans Warped Tour: Unwritten Law
Written by Zachary Fenell   
Thursday, 09 June 2011 00:11

California natives Unwritten Law return to the Vans Warped Tour this summer, continuing to make their 2011 a newsworthy year. The group gained attention releasing Swan, their first studio album since 2005, in April. This year’s Warped Tour appearances marks Unwritten Law’s first Warped Tour dates in over a decade. During the band’s Warped Tour dates the California natives will make three stops in their home state. On Friday, July 1st Unwritten Law and the Vans Warped Tour roll into the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona. The following day the tour heads to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre. Unwritten Law’s final 2011 Warped Tour California appearance happens Sunday, July 3rd at Ventura’s Ventura Country Fairgrounds at Seaside Park.

Unwritten Law’s last Warped Tour appearance ended amongst controversy. The group agreed to leave the tour after allegedly starting a riot at a show in Sydney. Vocalist Scott Russo in an interview with Rewrite the Scene showed excitement towards once again participating in the tour. Russo described the opportunity as an “honor” and joked the shorter set times work better for him anyways because he’s lazy. Anyone who sees Unwritten Law live knows Russo possesses strong stage presence. The singer moves across stages filled with energy and interacts with audiences well.

If asked to describe Unwritten Law’s current state, no word works better than “renaissance.” Following an extended hiatus a friend suggested the musicians record another album. Russo, guitarist Steve Morris, bassist Pat Kim, and drummer Dylan Howard entered the studio to do exactly that. Going in the four decided to make this album their last. Eight tracks deep the group grew unsatisfied with their new music and decided to start over. As a result the band went from discontent to pure affection.  Russo, in his Rewrite the Scene interview, commented about Swan “I’ve never loved anything we’ve written so much and everyone felt the same way. “ He explained the new album left the band reconsidering ending Unwritten Law saying ““This is the definite top of our discography. This is the peak in where we want to be. “

In regards to mainstream success, Unwritten Law peaked early in the 21st century. In 2002 their song “Seein Red” spent 26 weeks on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, including a stay at the chart’s top slot. Their best album success came in 2005 with Here’s to the Morning. The album enjoyed an eight week run on the Billboard 200 chart, ascending all the way to number 51. Swan’s release put Unwritten Law back on the Billboard 200 chart at number 195.

While the numbers may suggest Unwritten Law’s career together already climaxed, Russo’s Q & A with Rewrite the Scene indicates otherwise. Rejuvenated, Unwritten Law will likely capture many people’s attentions at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. If you want to see Unwritten Law on the Warped Tour, make sure to get your tickets for either Friday, July 1st in Pomona, Saturday, July 2nd in Mountain View, or Sunday, July 3rd in Ventura.            


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