After coming to Australia last year to celebrate fifteen years of ‘Elva’, Unwritten Law are flying back to our shores in February to celebrate twenty years of ‘The Black Album’; the rest of the world were extremely jealous that Unwritten Law chose to throw a party here and here alone, but when we are the band’s home away from home how could they not?

Starting the tour off in Melbourne on February 9th, Scott Russo (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Ace Von Johnson (Lead Guitar), Jonny Grill (Bass) and Wade Youman (Drums) are celebrating long and hard across Australia, performing fifteen shows across seventeen nights; those last four shows were only added last Friday due to popular demand! Speaking with Russo about the upcoming anniversary trip, the first topic of discussion was about how excited the band is to get to come back to Australia; the answer was short but straight to the point, as Russo mentioned that “on a scale of zero to infinity, the answer is infinity plus one! We’re really stoked; we fucking love you guys and we can’t wait to come back.” When an off-hand comment was made about the band buying property here so they could spend the alternate summer here and tour easier, Russo mentioned how “we’d absolutely love to but I don’t think that’s possible unless we marry someone down there; I am single though…” before letting out a massive chuckle.

Considering they were out here last year for the fifteenth anniversary of ‘Elva’, this interviewer wanted to know if that tour was a source of inspiration for this tour; after Russo quickly responded with “absolutely; it was the inspiration for it”, he was very enthusiastic and passionate whilst delivering the rest of his answer:

“As you said, we’ve been coming to Australia for a long time and you guys have been really receptive and nothing but amazing for us! When we came back almost two years ago for ‘Elva’, we wanted to make it an event; it was the fifteen year anniversary for the album, which is why we decided to do Elva. It was so successful for us thanks to you guys, that we ending up thinking how ‘if we got such a great reception for Elva, we need to come back and do it for ‘The Black Record’ as it would really be something!’ It just so turns out that two years later, it ends up being the twentieth anniversary of ‘The Black Record’ and we thought this was the moment and this is the time we have to do the same thing but for ‘The Black Record’. We’re really excited to get back down there as it’s going to be fucking epic! It’s also spawned fans everywhere else contacting us saying that ‘you need to do the fucking Black Record here’; we’ve had people from the US, the UK and Japan to name a few. People are stoked but they’re envious that we’re only doing it in Australia only and haven’t planned doing it anywhere else!”

When asked on a personal level what song(s) he most preferred to perform off ‘The Black Album’ and why, Russo commented how “that’s kind of a trick question” before going into further detail as to why that is:

“I should be saying Caitlyn, because it’s the song that might mean the most to me out of my whole career; plus it is one of my favourite songs to play. I truly enjoy playing Teenage Suicide because it kicks off into a blistering pace and I really dig that about that song, same with California Sky. Then I like to close things out with Harmonic, so it will be really interesting to open up the set with it because we usually close with it!” When asked whether the band had experimented with opening with Harmonic in the past, Russo mentioned how “when we first released the record, we were playing it close to original layout. Since then it has become a fan favourite in that time; because of that, we decided to move it closer to the end of the set.”

This interviewer was curious as to whether Unwritten Law would be playing ‘The Black Album’ from start to finish, or whether they would be mixing songs throughout their set for the night; Russo was straight to the point when he passionately commented that “we’re absolutely going to play it from front to back! Then we’ll take a small break, do a set change and then come back and play an entirely different set. We’re actually in the studio recording a new album at the moment, so there might be a couple of new songs but the rest of the set-list will be songs that the fans want to hear! It’s going to be an insane night nonetheless.”

Unwritten Law are really coming to Australian shores with the intent of celebrating twenty years of ‘The Black Album’ quite hard; they’re performing eleven shows on the thirteen nights that they are here! When asked about how happy the band are to be getting to travel to more regional places around Australia, Russo mentioned how “to be honest, we’re really excited about that” before going into further detail about regional plans, as well as delivering good news to fans who may have not heard:

“We’ve been talking about this for something like ten years; to come down there and spend a month instead of two weeks because it’s a long fucking way to go! I’ve said ‘why are we only playing these shows?’ and we come up with the idea that it should been the case all along to tour further. When we tour the UK or Japan, we’re there for a while because we’re already there; but when we go to Australia which is one of my favourite places to be, why are we only being booked for six of seven shows instead of making it a massive event. It’s funny that you should say that though, as today we actually added another four shows to the tour! We added Adelaide and three other places, so we’re going to be there for a little bit longer.”

After finding out that Unwritten Law have really wanting to experience regional Australia for quite a while, this interviewer was curious as to whether there anything that the band haven’t been able to cross off the bucket list yet. Russo playfully commented “I’m not going to lie; I’ve seen and done quite a lot in Australia” before mentioning how “it’s definitely cool to be in the metropolis, but for me one of the many pleasures of touring is to see the other countries and the other people’s lifestyles. It’s going to be dope to get out into the ‘urban areas and get to really see the country, as we should have been doing four or five years ago.”

Before the interview concluded, was there anything Russo wanted to say to Australian fans before touching down next February; Russo expressed his gratitude as he said “thank you for sharing our lives with us; we love you guys and we can’t wait to get back.”

 

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