BioForming in early 1998, Utah! has become a solid trio consisting of guitar, drums, cello, and vocals. While building a large following in their home state of Michigan and the surrounding areas, Utah! self-released their first 7" in 99', along with booking shows and regional tours. In the fall of 2000, Utah! signed with Champaign, IL label, Arborvitae Records, and released a Special Edition EP to accompany their winter 2000 tour. In the spring of 2001, Utah! recorded their first album with Bob Weston at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago. With distribution support through Southern, Utah! toured the U.S. and Canada in summer 2001. Soon after relocating to Raleigh, NC, Utah! released a split 7" with Merge band, the Rosebuds, on local label Pidgeon English Records.