Photo by Kirt Barnett
Here are words I couldn't be more excited to write: Be Your Own Pet are about to release their first album in fifteen years. The new single off that album, "Worship the Whip," sounds exactly like what we want Be Your Own Pet to sound like in 2023. It still has that noisy punk aspect, but a tiny bit mellowed out. It also fits in perfectly with the current breed of punk that is more than a little dance friendly. All this truly does is show how far ahead Be Your Own Pet was back when they first started out. "Worship the Whip" exceeds all expectations we could have possibly had about a BYOP reunion.
Vocalist Jemina Pearl Abegg says of the band's new song:
“‘Worship The Whip’ is about the right wing authoritarian personality. Aggressive and domineering to people who don’t think like them, while at heart being a submissive to the authority figures who use and abuse them.”
You can watch the video for "Worship the Whip" below. Mommy is due out August 25 via Third Man Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Be Your Own Pet, check out the band on Instagram and Facebook. Upcoming tour dates are below the video. (Alas, no New England dates as of yet...)