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Be Your Own Pet are not the type of group one imagines being a “Nashville-based” band. But 17-year old Jemina Pearl isn’t concerned with fitting in anywhere. Her group’s raucous punk rock draws immediate comparisons to anarchy-loving ensembles such as X Ray Spex, Sleater-Kinney and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. No cowboy hats need apply. They even named one track “Stairway to Heaven,” signifying the strong sense of tease that’s laced throughout their music. No Led Zeppelin fans need inquire. Though ex-Redd Kross singer Steve McDonald “produced” this album, his role is mostly curtailed to staying out of harm’s way and letting the band’s unrestrained mayhem occur unfettered. Granted, the band does slow down a tad for “October, First Account,” but that’s the exception. “Bunk Trunk Skunk,” “Bicycle Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle” and “We Will Vacation, You Can Be My Parasol” exhibit a reckless silliness that only a band of teenagers can pull off convincingly. They’re raging for the sake of raging and having “Fuuuuuun” as if Iggy Pop had given them private lessons on how best to avoid maturity and keep a pure rock n’ roll heart.

Customer Reviews

Finally!

A punk record released in the '00s that's actually punk. This isn't any of that Ashlee Simpson/AFI/Blink-182 Pepsi-punk nonsense that's about as hardcore as Wonder bread. Just four pissed-off kids making as much noise as possible. Can't recommend this record enough...

Trust Thurston Moore

Very, very FAST! Thank you, BYOP, for showing people that not everyone in Tennessee prefers country.

The Real McCoy

This album is some serious great. If you're like me and you're sick of listening to softcore "punk" and you're sick of being around all these people that think they know what they're talking about and they listen to a bunch of popularized crap, then this is for you. This is real. End of story.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Blasting out of Nashville, TN, like a bottle rocket, the teenage garage-noise-pop band Be Your Own Pet makes music that's as frenzied as it is catchy. The band formed in 2003 out of the ashes of Night Shift Nurses, which was the project of drummer Jamin Orrall and his bassist brother Jeff. The pair practiced in their basement and also ran the label Infinity Cat; and eventually joined forces with guitarist Jonas Stein — who was in another band on the label, Jimmy Cushman?, at the time —...
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