Be Your Own Pet – Fire Department (CD Review)

After setting SXSW alight with their punk rock the criminally young (they are all still at school in Nashville) Be Your Own Pet are releasing the brassy, defiant and catchy as hell ‘Fire Department’. Jemina Pearl, with a voice and attitude that should belong to a woman 10 years her senior, screams and yelps perfectly alongside the edgy guitars and vibrant bass and crashing drums. If I didn’t know better then I would never have thought this to be the work of 15-16 year olds, this is mature stuff and brilliant with it.

Buy ‘Fire Department’ from

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‘Fire Department’ is backed with the equally accomplished ‘Take That Walk’ and the fiery ‘Hillmont Avenue’. I am looking forward to catching them play the John Peel tent at Glastonbury, but if you are not going to be there then they are announcing a UK tour soon, make sure you catch them.

Label : Rough Trade

Release Date : 20 June 2005

Website :


  • Fire Department
  • Take That Walk
  • Hillmont Avenue

Be Your Own Pet are Jemina Pearl (vocals), Jamin Orrall (drums), Jonas Stein (guitar) and Nathan Vasquez (bass)

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