Photo by Kristen Barnett
Be Your Own Pet might have been the first band I felt I was too old to listen to but still loved when they first came out way back in 2006. I hid behind Thurston Moore and Iggy Pop being fans. They stopped recording music together after 2008's Get Awkward, and aside from a Jemina Pearl solo album in 2009 and her band Ultras S/C releasing an album in 2013, there hasn't been much from the Nashville punk band.
But... now it's 2023, and Be Your Own Pet are back. They've played a handful of live dates, and now have a brand new song. "Hand Grenade" is great. It sounds exactly like what we want Be Your Own Pet to sound like in 2023. It's a little more mature and a little let out of control... but only a little. This song could have landed on any of their previous releases and fit in perfectly. Plus, it's the kind of song that only gets better and better with each listen. Maturity can kill any punk band's sound, especially a noise punk band, but "Hand Grenade" is Be Your Own Pet maturing in the best possible way.
Jemina Pearl says of her band's new song:
“‘Hand Grenade’ started out as a threat to the people who harmed me, that I will make them suffer as I have suffered. But the song grew like a mirror to my own grief process, through anger, denial, sorrow. In the end I gain my power back not through violence, but through self acceptance and rejection of the labels others might put on me. I define myself, no one else.”
You can watch the video for "Hand Grenade" below. The song is out now via Third Man Records and can be found here. For more on Be Your Own Pet, check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Upcoming tour dates are below the video. Let's hope some more get announced soon!
5/5 - Shaky Knees Music Festival - Atlanta, GA
6/3 - Primavera Sound - Barcelona
6/6 - Moth Club - London
6/10 - Primaveral Sound - Madrid
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