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Concert Reviews
Be Your Own Pet
(Magic Stick, Detroit, MI - June 6th, 2006)

Coming out of Nashville, TN, Be Your Own PET is a force to be reckoned with. This quartet of teenage ‘wildcats’ first came together in 2003 with brothers Jamin and Jeff Orrall (Night Shift Nurses), and after a quick line-up change finally adopted the name Be Your Own PET - which was a song title from Infinity Cat label mates Art Circus.

The vibrant band finally landed here tonight at the Magic Stick in Detroit, where openers Whirlwind Heat pump up the audience playing songs from their album Do Rabbits Wonder and the freshly-released Different Types of Wood. Culminating their set with the hit 'Umbrella People,' it serves to leave the pumped up audience in high anticipation of Be Your Own PET.

They don’t let the small turnout take from their energy and when BYOP takes the stage, for vitality is putting it lightly. They start off with 'Bunk, Trunk, Skunk' shaking and banging at a dizzying pace while vocalist Jamina Pearl threatens to deflower the audience with a voice that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee making any riot grrrl proud. After a few more songs they begin taking requests from the audience and discussing amongst each other what songs would be best. After short deliberation they decide on 'Bog' and have the audience bouncing along.

They have a sound that brings back memories of The Buzzcocks infused with a disco back beat, and I’m sure they have received endless comparisons to the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs and Bikini Kill. They take a few seconds to remind us that it is the release date of their latest album saying “Uh, our record came out today. Uh, you can buy it,” before literally jumping right back into song. At this point it’s surprising the energy on stage hasn’t faded even a little with Pearl (vocals), Vasquez (bass), Orrall (drums), and Stein (guitar) thrashing about playing 'Girls in T.V.' with a vengeance. After 25 minutes of play, Pearl lets us know that the next song will be the last, and thanking us for “... coming out and celebrating our Lord saviors birthday,” they end the night with 'Fill my Pill'. As the song begins to close Pearl takes a flying dive at bassist Nathan Vasquez, tackling him into the audience!

They make a fast recovery and Vasquez leaves Pearl to flail her arms and kick her legs, running about and into audience members for a few minutes after their set is finished. Once she has stopped Vasquez steps to the mic, “We know we’ve had a lot of laughs tonight, but one thing we are serious about is people watching out shows. Thanks for coming out tonight.”

No, ... thank YOU, BYOP!

Review by Natalie Borsh

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