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Be Your Own PET – Be Your Own PET

(XL) UK release date: 27 March 2006

Someone forgot to mention the done thing to Be Your OwnPET. While most kids their age are at college, working at Tesco, or busygetting slapped with an Asbo, BYOP spent their formative years in Nashvilleon a mean diet of punk, punk and more punk. By the time they had left schoolthey had bagged a record deal, a fair amount of hype and a lot of airmiles.

Touting a well beaten brand of punk rock far beyond their teenage years,BYOP is a wonderful combustion of fuzzy guitars and crashing drums gobbedupon by Jemina Pearl’s window shattering howl. Indeed, if an abbreviationfor pure energy other than a J for Joule existed, BYOP would be it.

The album rolls to life under Jonas Stein’s nefarious intro. JeminaPearl, likened to Karen O, assumes a similar dominance as she takesher band’s sound between the snarl of her canines.

“I’m an independent motherfucker, And I’m here to take your money, I’mwicked, rad, and I’m here To steal away your virginity,” she rages on BunkTrunk Skunk, flying the Riot Grrrl flag ferociously.

The band’s lyrics (all share songwriting duties) wisely steer clear ofany preachy punk and gravitate towards relationships: “I want a kitty cat myboyfriend wants a dog, We got into a fight I drowned him in the bog, I’msorry, I’m not sorry!” (Bog) and destructive teenage lifestyles: “We willcome to your town, Burn your house down, Turn the sky brown,” on BicycleBicycle.

A key word which frequents their interviews is “fun”. This image cropsup too on listening to the record. This is a young band not taking themselvestoo seriously, and you can really picture them as they rock out and enjoythemselves.

Fuuuuuun is a 140 second tussle between Jamin Orrall’s sledgehammerpercussion and Stein’s power drill fretwork, while the snotty Girls on TVhas touches of The Descendants to it.

The song that has prompted much eyebrow raising (and head scratching)amongst critics is the 59 second barrage Let’s Get Sandy. Apart from being(possibly) the shortest single ever to be released, words simply cannotdescribe how quickly and destructively BYOP get the song out of theirsystem.

If you’re reading this and the word “noise” seems to be slowly being speltin invisible ink across your monitor, BYOP is not a simple 33 minutedissection into what a building site sounds like (more like 28 minutes).October, First Account is a joyously catchy bubble gum anthem which takes asimilar leaf from grungethem Adventure.

The album ends on a euphoric note with Ouch, which is a bizarre one aboutzombies (one croaks a last gasp right at the end). After a little morethought however, there is one scary thing about BYOP, and that is that onlyone of them has turned 18.

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