Elva (album)

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Studio album by Unwritten Law
Released January 29, 2002
Recorded 2001 at Total Access, Redondo Beach, California
Genre Pop punk
Post grunge
Alternative rock
Length 50:13
Label Interscope
Producer John Shanks, Josh Abraham, Miguel, Unwritten Law
Unwritten Law chronology
Unwritten Law
Here's to the Mourning

Elva is the fourth album by the San Diego-based rock band Unwritten Law, released in 2002 by Interscope Records. With it the band moved away from their previously established punk rock formula and towards a more accessible hard rock sound. The band found success with the song "Seein' Red", which reached #1 on US modern rock charts.

Elva was the band's first album with bassist Pat "PK" Kim. It features guest appearances by Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Josh Freese of The Vandals, and Neville Staple of The Specials. The two "Raleigh Soliloquy" tracks are recordings of the rants of Raleigh Theodore Sakers. Previous recordings of his rants numbered soliloquies I-III had appeared on the Sublime album Robbin' the Hood. After the closing track "Evolution" there is a phone message to singer Scott Russo from Blink-182 singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge, a close friend of the band who had grown up with them in their home town of Poway.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Popmatters Unfavorable link
Punknews 5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Russo, except where noted. 

No. Title Music Producer Length
1. "Mean Girl" (lyrics: Ben Rosen, Russo) Ben Rosen John Shanks 3:06
2. "Up All Night"   Scott Russo Michael Happoldt, Unwritten Law 3:03
3. "Sound Siren"   Russo Shanks 2:50
4. "How You Feel"   Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 2:45
5. "Blame It on Me"   Rob Brewer, Russo, Wade Youman Shanks 2:36
6. "Seein' Red"   Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 3:47
7. "Nick and Phil" (no music; spoken word by Nicholas Wright and Phil Jamieson)     0:38
8. "Hellborn"   Youman, Russo Shanks 3:19
9. "Geronimo"   Russo, Steve Morris, Youman, Brewer, Pat Kim Shanks 3:29
10. "Rescue Me"   Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 4:01
11. "Actress, Model..." (lyrics: John Brinton Hogan, Russo) John Brinton Hogan Shanks 3:09
12. "Raleigh (Soliloquy, Pt. V)" (no music; spoken word by Raleigh Theodore Sakers)     0:14
13. "Babalon"   Russo Happoldt, Unwritten Law 4:08
14. "Raleigh (Soliloquy, Pt. VI)" (no music; spoken word by Sakers)     0:42
15. "Rest of My Life"   Russo Josh Abraham 2:43
16. "Elva"   Russo, Nicholas Wright, Phil Jamieson Happoldt, Unwritten Law 4:08
17. "Evolution"   Russo, Morris, Youman, Brewer, Kim Shanks 5:35
Total length:



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Josh Freese - drums on "Up All Night"
  • John Shanks - additional guitar on "Sound Siren," slide guitar on "Actress, Model..."
  • Miguel - upbeat guitar on "How You Feel," lead guitar on "Seein' Red"
  • Marshall Goodman - percussion on "Up All Night" and "Hellborn"
  • Michael Fisher - Indian percussion on "Babalon"
  • The Allday Singers - group vocals on "Babalon"
  • Tony Kanal - bass guitar on "Rest of My Life"
  • Neville Staples - DJ vocal on "Evolution"
  • Raleigh Theodore Sakers - spoken vocals on tracks 12 & 14


  • John Shanks and Miguelproducers
  • Josh Abraham – producer and mixing of "Rest of My Life"
  • Mark DeSisto and Tobias Miller – engineers
  • Dan Chase, Tal Herzberg, and Baraka – Pro Tools
  • Eddie Ashworth – additional engineering
  • Mike McMullen and Jerry Moss – assistant engineers
  • David J. Holman – mixing
  • Mixed at Cactus Studio Hollywwod
  • Brian Gardner – mastering


  • Steven R. Gilmore – sleeve design, layout, art direction, line drawings (based on original drawings by Wade Youman)
  • Wade Youman and Marc B. – art direction
  • Mark Baldswin – cover paintings
  • Dean Karr – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 69

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2002 "Seein' Red" Modern Rock Tracks 1
2002 "Up All Night" Modern Rock Tracks 14