The Union Underground

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The Union Underground
Origin San Antonio, Texas, USA
Genres Nu metal
Industrial metal
Industrial rock
Years active 1996–2002
Labels Columbia (1996-2000)
Portrait (2001-2002)
Website Official Website
Past members Bryan Scott
Patrick Kennison
John Moyer
Josh Memolo

The Union Underground was a nu metal/industrial rock band based out of San Antonio, Texas, USA. Original band members included Bryan Scott, Patrick Kennison, John Moyer and Josh Memolo. They released one major label album, An Education in Rebellion, in July 2000 which featured the hit single "Turn Me on 'Mr. Deadman'."

History[edit]

1996-2002[edit]

The Union Underground was created by Bryan Scott (vocals) and Patrick Kennison (guitar). The name was borrowed from their recording studio which they called Studio Underground. They were later joined by John Moyer (bass guitar) and Josh Memolo (drums). The Union Underground sold more than 5,000 copies of their self-recorded/produced 1997 selftitled album and were noticed by a Columbia A&R exec, John Weakland, who later signed them to Columbia Records. Soon, The Union Underground was performing at the 2001 Ozzfest and other venues worldwide.

The band released their debut major label album An Education in Rebellion on July 18, 2000. The album sold nearly 400,000 copies with hit singles including "Turn Me On 'Mr. Deadman'," "Revolution Man," and "Killing the Fly."

In March 2002, The Union Underground released the song "Across the Nation" which was used by the World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment as the theme song for their RAW brand until October 2006. Following the song's release, it earned extensive airplay nationwide.

On June 25, 2002, the band released Live...One Nation Underground, a compilation of live performances. This would be their final release before Portrait folded in 2002 and The Union Underground disbanded.

Post-Union Underground projects[edit]

Patrick Kennison is now working with the band Heaven Below, John Moyer is now playing bass for Disturbed (who are currently on indefinite hiatus) and Adrenaline Mob, Josh Memolo has since had 2 children and become a born again Christian, and Bryan Scott started another band: Cult to Follow.

Discography[edit]

The Union Underground - 1997 Album[edit]

The Union Underground
Studio album by The Union Underground
Released 1997
Genre Industrial metal
Label Union
Producer Bryan Scot/Patrick Kennison
The Union Underground chronology
The Union Underground - 1997 Album The Union Underground - 2000 Single

Track listing[edit]

    1. Bitter*
    2. Natural High*
    3. Supersonic (Trip With Jesus)*
    4. Breathe
    5. The Friend Song*
    6. Drivel*
    7. Until You Crack*
    8. Without
    9. Bleeding Mary
    10. Wrong Again

Original versions of songs which also appear on the 2000 release An Education in Rebellion.

The Union Underground - 2000 Single[edit]

"The Union Underground"
Single by The Union Underground
Released 2000
Label Columbia

Track listing[edit]

    1. South Texas Deathride
    2. The Friend Song

Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman" - Single[edit]

"Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman""
Single by The Union Underground
Released 2001
Genre Industrial rock, nu metal
Label Portrait

Track listing[edit]

    1. Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman"
    2. South Texas Deathride (Live)
    3. Killing The Fly (Live)

(*Recorded Live at Club Laga, Pittsburgh, PA 2000-07-29)

Live tracks also appear on the 'Live' Radio Promo.

Live...One Nation Underground[edit]

Live...One Nation Underground
Live album by The Union Underground
Released June 25, 2002
Recorded November 24, 2000, July 21, 2001
Label Portrait
The Union Underground chronology
Turn Me On "Mr Deadman" - Single Live...One Nation Underground
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

    1. An Education In Rebellion* (Scott)
    2. South Texas Deathride* (Scott, Kennison)
    3. Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman"* (Scott, Kennison)
    4. Killing The Fly** (Scott)
    5. Revolution Man** (Scott, Kennison)
    6. Bitter*** (Scott)

(*Recorded at Sunken Gardens Theatre San Antonio, Texas on 2001-04-29)

(**Recorded at Mile High Stadium Denver, Colorado on 2001-07-21)

(***Recorded at Hammerstein Ballroom New York, New York on 2000-11-24)

U.S. Charting Singles[edit]

Year Song Mainstream Rock Tracks
2000 Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman" 11
2001 Killing The Fly 13
2001 Revolution Man 26
2002 Across The Nation (Raw Theme) 29

Radio Promo CDs[edit]

  • Rebellion EP (2000)
  • Killing the Fly (2000)
  • Live (2000)(Live at Club Laga, Pittsburgh, PA 2000-07-29)
  • Turn Me On "Mr. Deadman" (2001)
  • South Texas Deathride (June 25, 2001)
  • Revolution Man (2001)
  • Across the Nation (February 13, 2002)

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]