Friday, March 31, 2006
Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet
15 tracks in a little over half an hour...these guys certainly don't hang about. Which in it's own little way is very much a good thing.
This is the sound of teenage America, but could really be from the point of view of any teenager. BYOP are not for grand statements on the state of the universe (not yet anyway); this, rather exhilarating, album is more concerned with those unimportant things that nevertheless take on great importance when you're young. Take the following line from Bog... "I want a kitty cat my boyfriend wants a dog, We got into a fight I drowned him in the bog" ...hardly Bono espousing on the latest crisis is it?
But really, you're unlikely to pay too much attention to the lyrics anyway. The comparisons to Yeah Yeah Yeahs are obvious (if not entirely fair) and this is unlikely to be an album kicking up a storm on Radio 2 anytime in the near future. However, if you can stand the noise, October First Account being one of the rare melodic exceptions to the general rule here, and are looking for a punky, exciting blast of fun, you could do much worse than check this out.
Sure after a while everything seems to blend into one, but overall this is a dynamic and exciting record which deserves to be heard.