The Union Underground

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

The Union Underground was a nu metal 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'."



The roots of heavy metal band the Union Underground lie in the relationship between singer/guitarist Bryan Scott and guitarist Patrick Kennison, who met in junior high school in San Antonio, TX. After finishing high school, the two launched their own recording studio, Studio Underground, making cassettes of their music. Sales of 5,000 copies of an EP brought interest from major labels, with Portrait, the hard rock imprint of Sony's Columbia label, winning out as Scott and Kennison completed the band's lineup with the addition of drummer Josh Memelo and bassist John Moyer. the Union Underground released its debut album, Education in Rebellion, in July 2000. The disc spent four months on the charts and the track "Turn Me on 'Mr. Deadman'" was on the mainstream rock charts for six months. (After two years, the album's sales reportedly stood at 350,000.) The band opened for Marilyn Manson in the fall of 2000 and earned a slot on the 2001 Ozzfest tour. Live...One Nation Undergroundthe Union Underground's next recording was the track "Across the Nation," heard on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) various-artists album Forced Entry, released on SmackDown!/Columbia in March 2002. The song earned the band another extended stay on the mainstream rock charts. In June 2002, Portrait released Live...One Nation Underground, a six-track EP containing songs recorded live in concert in 2000 and 2001, as the band worked on its second album.

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.



Other Releases[edit]

  • The Union Underground EP (1997, Union Records)
  • Live...One Nation Underground (2002, Portrait Records)

Radio Promotion CDs[edit]

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

Soundtrack Appeareances[edit]