Chaz Costello – guitar, vocals
Chris Copelin – bass
Madison Donnelly – drums
JAWWZZ!! = New Order + Andrew W.K.
Salt Lake trio JAWWZZ!! certainly know how to make rock n’ roll fun. Their frenetic, lo-fi, pop-saturated garage-goth maladies crash like rolling whitecaps over their cult-like following at live shows, where they employ armfuls of party favors (usually in the form of confetti cannons) to stir klutzy kids into a community of frenzy. Singer and guitarist Chaz Costello and drummer Madison Donnelly laid the groundwork for the group’s Joy Division–meets–John Hughes (and marries Jock Jams) approach in 2012 and, with the addition of Chris Copelin’s solid bass grooves the following year, JAWWZZ!! became leaders of the Salt Lake pack. File “Blooming” nearer to your parents’ hidden stash of new wave 7”s—it packs a tight punch of strident drumming, rollicking bass riffin’, kaleidoscopic guitar and just enough malaise in Costello’s voice to pull you under the party tide. Book them for your next prom, but remember: It ain’t gonna be your momma’s sock-hop—JAWWZZ!! might just devour you.