Russo takes Law into his own hands

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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