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What Happens When a Label Deal Goes Right and the Band Breaks Up Anyway?new

Sometimes for bands, the stars align just right. Labels clamor for the artist. The terms of the deal are more than fair. Offers for maximum-exposure tours abound, and press is eerily pitch-perfect. And the whole thing goes to hell anyway.
Nashville Scene  |  Tracy Moore  |  06-05-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Be Your Own Pet Releases a Miniature Pop-Punk Teen-Girl Party Piece

At three tracks and barely six minutes in length, does this even qualify as an EP? Well, kind of -- the three songs on this, the swan song for the Nashville garage quartet, were removed from the U.S. release of the band's early-2008 Get Awkward disc by Universal lawyers for being "too violent."
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  12-18-2008  |  Reviews

Be Your Own Pet Meets the Sophmore Cursenew

With Get Awkward, the band's songs are still bracing and efficient and singer Jemina Pearl is still an unhinged, full-throttle screamer who's unashamed to make a shouted "WHOOO!" part of a chorus.
Orlando Weekly  |  Jason Ferguson  |  05-22-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Be Your Own Pet Makes the Suits Nervousnew

Punk used to be dangerous. Now it's neutered and sanitized for our listening pleasure.
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  05-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Be Your Own Pet Refuse to Grow Up and That's Goodnew

The group's second album sounds like a promise that even though she's no longer a teenager, we can still expect the Muppet-punk brattiness that animated the band's eponymous 2006 debut, which was known to blister paint at high volumes.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Stephen Deusner  |  04-04-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

BYOP's Latest Focuses on Driving Rhythmsnew

While Be Your Own Pet's first album had enough guitar freak-outs and general strangeness to explain Thurston Moore's interest, Get Awkward strips down a lot of the art-rock frills and focuses on driving rhythms, hooks and Jemina Pearl's vocals.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Cullen Hendrix  |  03-26-2008  |  Reviews

Too Much Hype?new

While the Pets bash out furious musical architecture, the question is raised: How does a group so visceral and raw, so young and sonically violent, so goddamned aggressively fun garner the sickening level of hype bestowed upon BYOP?
Orlando Weekly  |  Jason Ferguson  |  06-22-2006  |  Reviews

Have Fun, F*ck Sh*t Upnew

Youth is not wasted on teen punks Be Your Own Pet.
L.A. Weekly  |  Scott T. Sterling  |  06-22-2006  |  Profiles & Interviews

Peace, Love and Understandingnew

Bonnaroo is the largest-grossing music festival in the U.S., raking in a whopping $13.4 million last year. Here's why.
Nashville Scene  |  Jack Silverman  |  06-14-2006  |  Music

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