Steve Morris and Pat Kim leave Unwritten Law

By Peter Holslin

Alt-rock band has a lineup change, Eric Howarth launches a new concert series and more local music news

A rift between members of Unwritten Law burst into the open last week when guitarist Steve Morris and bassist Pat Kim announced that they'd quit the band.

According to announcements from band members posted on the website of Alternative Press magazine last week, Morris decided to quit after he got into a physical altercation with the band's singer, Scott Russo, after the last show of a U.S. tour in support of the band's latest album, Swan. Russo was more than an hour late for the band's bus call, and Morris didn't want to miss his son's tee-ball game in the morning. Kim said he quit because he'd had enough of the fighting.

Morris and Kim have been replaced by guitarist Kevin Besignano and bassist Derik Envy, Russo wrote in his own announcement. “Their presence will be missed,” Russo said of Morris and Kim, “but with respect to all past and present, I feel that Swan needs to be heard and that the band must continue on.”

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Hi-Speed Soul Records head Eric Howarth has spent the past year putting on shows at Fluxx and, more recently, Porter's Pub under the name Daydream Nation. Now, he's set to launch his most ambitious booking project yet: Bring On the Bright Lights, a concert series he's running with Rob Abelow from Roll Call Records. The plan is to hold a concert every four to six weeks featuring a wellknown national touring act and three other “buzzworthy” bands. Most shows will be at 4th & B, Howarth says, but the venue may change depending on capacity and other factors. The first one, featuring Cut Copy, Midnight Magic and Washed Out, will go down at 4th & B on Friday, Oct. 14.