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Unwritten Law Face Line-Up Changes

Posted by: Alex DiVincenzo (08/10/11)
Unwritten Law - subject of today's Backstage Sessions - have faced some line-up changes. Following a physical altercation, guitarist Steve Morris and bassist Pat "PK" Kim left the group. The have since been replaced by Kevin Besignano (ex-Bullets and Octane) and Derik Envy (ex-Red Light Sky). Statements can be found in the replies.
 
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08:14 AM on 08/10/11
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Statements My decision to depart the band came to a head after this event and numerous other volatile events between Scott Russo and the members of the band and crew throughout the years.

The incident broke out when we were arguing over our bus call after a show. Scott was over an hour late and I had to be home to make my son’s last tee-ball game the next morning. I wasn't expecting to be hit; that’s not the kind of thing I ever thought would happen.

PK's and my decision to leave the band was not something we took lightly and I truly regret having to leave the band in this way. We want to truly thank all of our fans around the world for their love and support over the last two decades. We will miss you all.

– Steve Morris

After 15 years of service and gratitude, I have decided to step down alongside Steve Morris from Unwritten Law. It was a difficult yet easy decision after witnessing the altercation between Scott and Steve. We've had our ups and downs and plenty of fights within this group but this was finally the incident that ultimately led to my decision. I regret to leave in such an unspectacular fashion.

Regardless, my time in Unwritten Law has been one of the most beautiful experiences and one of my proudest achievements. I just want to say thank you so much to all the fans for the love and support throughout all the years. I've met so many good people, made so many friends, traveled, and seen things that most people only fantasize about. I have laughed much and learned more. Thanks again, you guys rock!

- Pat "PK" Kim

Steve and PK have left Unwritten Law. Out of respect for them and their families, we waited to make an official statement so that some of the dust could settle. It all came to a head when Steve and I got into a fight on the last night of our Swan US tour. This was obviously the deciding factor in whether or not they could continue on. Their presence will be missed, but with respect to all past and present, I feel that Swan needs to be heard and that the band must continue on. Unwritten Law is and has been my entire life. Dylan [Howard, drums] and I will be moving forward for our fans around the globe with long time friends, guitarist Kevin Besignano (ex-Bullets and Octane) and bassist Derik Envy (ex-Red Light Sky) as permanent replacements.

– Scott Russo
08:19 AM on 08/10/11
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Damnnnn genna.

That said, I couldn't make it through Swan. So, this doesn't impact me as much as it would have when I was in high-school.
08:23 AM on 08/10/11
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Violence seems to be a theme with this band. Heard Scott and the other guitar player got into it on stage a while back and he departed the band as well. Still though the music has been consistently solid, even Here's to the Mourning had its cuts
08:30 AM on 08/10/11
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Great band but always volitile. I remember seeing them years back and Scott was so drunk on stage he forgot how to play "Seein' Red"
08:40 AM on 08/10/11
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wow, but this finally explains who those guys playing with UL were at Warped Tour...that was a mystery for me since I saw them last month
08:45 AM on 08/10/11
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So at this point it's just Russo in the "original" band anymore, correct?
09:05 AM on 08/10/11
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This happened long ago.
09:06 AM on 08/10/11
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they go through so many changes. I guess the 2 new members were the ones at warped, and I have to say the band looked really happy and gave the most energetic performance of the day, so I guess it's a good thing.
09:14 AM on 08/10/11
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i was wondering where the long haired asian dude was at warped tour!
09:22 AM on 08/10/11
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So at this point it's just Russo in the "original" band anymore, correct?
Russo isn't even an original member, but he's been there since the first album, so basically yes.

This sucks. Kid was one of my favorite guitar players. This seems like it's the last straw and the band will be done very soon. I definitely don't see them making another album ever again. Glad I saw them at Warped, even though it was only Scott and Dylan. Sucks though, because that was probably the last time I will see one of my favorite bands.

I guess Russo is really a dick. He's the reason Rob quit, and probably the reason Wade quit.

BTW I think Swan is pretty awesome. There are 3 songs there in the middle of the record that suck, but then it picks up and the last 3 songs are good.
09:39 AM on 08/10/11
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Russo isn't even an original member, but he's been there since the first album, so basically yes.

This sucks. Kid was one of my favorite guitar players. This seems like it's the last straw and the band will be done very soon. I definitely don't see them making another album ever again. Glad I saw them at Warped, even though it was only Scott and Dylan. Sucks though, because that was probably the last time I will see one of my favorite bands.

I guess Russo is really a dick. He's the reason Rob quit, and probably the reason Wade quit.

BTW I think Swan is pretty awesome. There are 3 songs there in the middle of the record that suck, but then it picks up and the last 3 songs are good.
It just seems like Russo is an egomaniac at this point.

He has basically driven the rest of his band mates away, and his "press statement" is along the lines of "I'm a fuckhead, but because I think my music is so fucking good I'm going to keep playing it because EVERYONE should hear how awesome it is/how awesome I am."
09:41 AM on 08/10/11
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Scott seemed drunk when I saw them at warped tour but that being said he was very energetic and just had a great stage presence and all of them were extremely nice and were signing things afterwards. I hope they don't break up
09:47 AM on 08/10/11
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10:42 AM on 08/10/11
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Oh look, "Up All Night" again.

And yeah, I'm pretty sure everyone's left this band at one point or another.
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