Be Your Own Pet–Get Awkward–Universal

Be Your Own Pet
Get Awkward
ADDS 3/18/08

Get Awkward is the sophomore full-length from Nashville foursome Be Your Own Pet. Making it presented new challenges for Jonas, Jemina, Nathan, and John, and yielded some surprises. The songs remain fast and loud, totally wired and tantalizingly brief. Applying the dubious word “mature” is open for heated debate string arrangements and soppy ballads are blessedly absent but the music definitely reflects a sharp increase in experience. “I was nervous, because it was our first second record,” confides guitarist Jonas Stein. Stop squirming that syntax does make sense. “Before we recorded our first album, we’d had those songs for God knows how long, before we’d gotten attention from anyone but ourselves.” (Since 2003, to be precise.) And following that gestation period, the ditties featured on their self-titled debut and assorted EPs and singles enjoyed months of refinement on the road. “After all that, it was like, ‘Okay, time to write a new record starting from scratch.’ It was the first time we’d ever done anything like that.”

CLEAN: #1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11 – DIRTY: #2, 5, 7, 8, 12