Artist: Be Your Own Pet
Album: Get Awkward
Label: XL Recordings
Sounds Like: An explosion in a pop-rocks and coke factory
Album number 2 from Nashvilleâ€™s Be Your Own Pet is an intense rush; so much so that it makes their self-titled debut seem like a wooden-wheeled Skoda. Those of you familiar with their output can expect 35 minutes of furiously fast punk rock shenanigans that will no doubt leave you with a racing pulse, shattered nerves and in desperate need of a cold glass of ale.
Opening track ‘Super Soakedâ€™ is a prime example of what to expect, hitting the listener hard with its high-speed guitars and thunderous drumbeats. It doesnâ€™t let up from here. After vocalist Jemina Pearlâ€™s scream of ‘look out world ‘cos I wanna have fun!â€™ it slams into ‘Black Holeâ€™ with extreme gusto and Ramones-punk vigour. ‘Heart Throbâ€™ tells of a tale of teenage lust, giving nods towards a distinctly 90’s pop-punk flavour of song-writing.
They slow things down on ‘Beckyâ€™, a track which involves Jemina recounting a tale of a falling out between her and the protagonist (one that seems to end in the death of ‘Beckyâ€™ as the reference to â€œgoing to juvie for teenage homicideâ€Â and the singer feeling unremorseful, blaming Becky for the whole debacle.
Donâ€™t expect any deep philosophical questions and theories to be raised in the next 11 tracks. They mostly concern things that Be Your Own Pet hold close to their hearts; i.e. partying, sex, food, relationships and ermâ€Â¦zombies?! Lyrically, itâ€™s pretty immature, but who says punk rock has to be serious? Hey, Blink-182 made an entire career out of dick and fart jokes in their tracks so yammering on about ‘acting like a jerkâ€™ and ‘popping pillsâ€™ is acceptable really. Plus, for them it would seem so out of character to create an album full of incredibly dull, piss-water indie rock wouldnâ€™t it? I mean, growing up fucking sucks, so letâ€™s have as much fun as possible! Tracks like the caustic frenzy of ‘Bitches Leaveâ€™ and the rabble-rousing chants of ‘Bummer Timeâ€™ are an excellent example of their spiky, uncompromising attitude.
‘Youâ€™re a Wasteâ€™ dips its toe in the fountain of emo with its sombre overtones and Jeminaâ€™s blasÃƒÂ© ‘Iâ€™m glad youâ€™ve got a broken heartâ€™ vocals. Any memory of this is blow out of the water by the noisy double-attack of the pizza-throwing pop anthem ‘Food Fightâ€™ and the hammer-horror rock ‘nâ€™ roll of ‘Zombie Graveyard Party!â€™– Easily one of the best tracks theyâ€™ve ever recorded.
Those of you looking for an album that sounds like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing Ramones songs, ‘Get Awkwardâ€™ is an excellent and suitably bonkers place to start â€â€œ it will blow yr mind.