According to the New York Times, the last time a “rock” song reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 was way back in 2001—a decade before the members of JAW were even born. But hearing this pre-teen trio blast through their set of classic and original guitar-driven anthems leaves no doubt that the future of rock ’n’ roll is alive and well in Brooklyn.
JAW formed in 2022 when brothers Julian and Arthur Weston, ages 12 and 10, teamed up with classmate William Emmert, 10, to enter the school talent show. Following the recipe of classic three-piece bands from the 80s and 90s like Nirvana, Green Day, and The Police, JAW layers melodic vocals on top of guitar, bass, and drums. The resulting sound echos the heyday of rock, too, as they belt out tunes by artists like The Clash, Joan Jett, and Oasis.
But this isn’t just another cover band—in addition to playing the classics, JAW (have you figured out the name yet?… Julian, Arthur, William) has been steadily adding original compositions to their repertoire. “The Story of a Deer’s Life,” their first original, is a lyrically-ironic ode to a deer who survives a hunter’s shot only to be hit by a car. The angry “Storm Full of Lava” sees Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through the eyes of an animal. “Apple Pie” is a celebration of Grandma’s tasty Thanksgiving Day dessert. An album of all-original material is on the horizon.
While public performance opportunities can be limited for middle-school-aged kids, JAW has enjoyed playing at a number of city block parties and neighborhood festivals throughout Brooklyn, performing for up to an hour per set. They’ve also appeared at some family-friendly venues such as the Art Café & Bar and DSK Brooklyn. And, of course, they are available for private parties and events.
Reading about JAW is great, but seeing them live is better! Join the JAW fan club to be notified of upcoming performances. As Stacey Sherman of the Montague Street BID replied after hiring them for a recent gig, “Please confirm that these guys will give me backstage passes when they play the Garden in a few years!”