Russo takes Law into his own hands
SCOTT Russo, the only founding member left standing in US punk rock band Unwritten Law, was initially scared to bring his new line-up to Australian shores.
After a five-year hiatus, the band played the Soundwave Festival this year. Russo says he was ‘‘freaked out’’ about Aussies reacting to his unfamiliar bandmates.
‘‘Australia was a market I was scared to enter, because for you guys, everyone in the band means something,’’ he says.
‘‘Whereas in the US, they really only care about the singer.’’
Soundwave audiences’ excitement to see the band back in action means Unwritten Law have returned to Australia to play a string of shows with Suicidal Tendencies and Finnish pranksters The Dudesons. ‘‘It’s going to be amazing, Russo says. ‘‘The Dudesons aren’t a band. We have no idea what they are going to do on stage. I am scared and excited at the same time.’’
Known for their singles Seein’ Red and Save Me, Unwritten Law have released seven albums and built a huge following worldwide.
The band returned to the studio last year to record Swan – an album Russo says was meant to be Unwritten Law’s swan song – a final addition to their catalogue intended as a last goodbye.
‘‘We hadn’t put anything out in so long, so crossing that bridge was an ethical issue,’’ he says.
‘‘My philosophy on making music is that I want to make a record that I want to hear. Music is a reflection of my soul and it needs to be what I believe in.
‘‘I am happy with how Swan turned out. I wanted to make a record I am proud of. It’s my favourite record that we’ve put out.’’
With his creative juices flowing, Russo says he doubts the end is near for Unwritten Law. ‘‘I think we will do more,’’ he says. ‘‘I want to do an acoustic record at the beginning of next year.
‘‘It’s fresh and inspiring after 23 years of the same shit. I will do more rock records, but for now I like making stuff that I am stoked to hear.’’
Russo says the new Unwritten Law line-up – Kevin Besignano, Derik Envy and Dylan Howard – inspires him.
‘‘There’s a new energy in the band. It’s inspiring to have new people who want to be there. They are amazing. You can feel the difference,’’ he says.
Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and The Dudesons play the Coolangatta Hotel on Wednesday. Doors open 8pm. Tickets $75.
Unwritten Law are touring with Suicidal Tendencies.