Precocious Nashville teens Be Your Own Pet showed loads of early promise, but lately there's been cause for concern. They've split with long-time manager David Newgarden, hooked up with Thurston Moore's career-thwarting boutique label, Ecstatic Peace! (remember Budd? Bindi? Thela? Polar Goldie Cats? Mothus?) and hired Redd Kross's Steve McDonald to produce their self-titled debut. Perhaps the feeling was that McDonald's own teen rock experience would be an asset to Be Your Own Pet, only McDonald's frame of reference for girl-fronted rock bands appears to be the Runaways, which might not be the way to go in 2006. Still, Be Your Own Pet attacks with enthusiasm, and everything here rocks sufficently, although some remedial songwriting classes may be required before they make the move to sports arenas.
Be Your Own Pet rock the Mod Club Wednesday (June 7).