Emerging from the Southern California skate punk scene, Unwritten Law formed in the early 1990s. Members included drummer Wade Youman, the only mainstay from the band's early days; vocalist Scott Russo; guitarists Rob Brewer and Steve Morris and bassist John Bell. Unwritten Law's debut, Blue Room, failed to generate lofty sales despite the band's relentless touring, and the band signed with Epic which re-released Blue Room and in '96 issued a second album Oz Factor. The group then moved to Interscope and recorded a third album in '98. Just before the album's release, Bell left and was replaced by Sprung Monkey's Pat Kim. By 2002, Unwritten Law's power-pop punch hit big with full-length album, Elva, and Elva's debut single "Seein' Red" became a favorite on MTV's TRL and mainstream radio.