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Mommy is the third full-length studio album by American punk/garage rock band Be Your Own Pet, released August 25, 2023 via Third Man Records. Mommy marks the group's first recorded material in almost fifteen years following the release of their second studio album, Get Awkward and subsequent break-up in 2008.[1]

The album was preceded by four singles, "Hand Grenade", "Worship the Whip", "Goodtime!" and "Big Trouble" released March 30, May 31, June 28, and July 26, 2023 respectively. [2][3][4][5]


Following a fourteen-year hiatus, Be Your Own Pet reunited in 2021 after lead singer, Jemina Pearl and guitarist, Jonas Stein were convinced by Pearl's husband and Third Man Records co-owner, Ben Swank to reconnect on a personal level with each other after many years without communication since the band's tumultuous split in 2008. Swank also expressed the idea of re-releasing the group's first two full-length's, 2006's self-titled and 2008's Get Awkward through Third Man Records as a part of a retrospective series for the label. The idea prompted Pearl in reaching out to remaining members, bassist Nathan Vasquez and drummer John Eatherly about a reunion, which was agreed to under the condition that new music would be created.[6]

At the end of 2021, upon discovering the group was active once again Swank's business partner, American musician and songwriter, Jack White expressed interest in having Be Your Own Pet as one of the opening acts on a few select dates of his 2022 North American Supply Chain Issues Tour. The band would serve as support acts during the New York, Atlanta and Nashville shows of the tour and mark as the band's live debut performances since their break up, with the former taking place at Barclays Center on April 21. 2022.[7]

Following the tour, the band would spend the rest of 2022, writing and recording material for their third studio album at Battle Tapes Recording in Nashville with longtime collaborator, engineer and producer, Jeremy Ferguson.[8]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Arts Desk[10]
The Line of Best Fit7/10[12]
Slant Magazine[13]

Mommy received a score of 83 out of 100 on review aggregator Metacritic based on eleven critics' reviews, indicating "universal acclaim" reception.[9] Uncut remarked that the band are "bummed to learn that adulthood breeds more angst than adolescence, which inspires a sharp-edged '70s hard rock, with songs celebrating kink and demanding equal pay and full-body autonomy on 'Big Trouble'".[14] DIY's Joe Goggins stated that "the ferocious energy that defined Be Your Own Pet first time around, however, remains, as does their knack for a nagging earworm of a chorus. Searing hooks and soaring melodies channel through a frontwoman with limitless charisma".[11]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jemina Abegg, John Eatherly, Jonas Stein, and Nathan Vasquez.

Mommy track listing
1."Worship the Whip"3:01
4."Bad Mood Rising"3:30
5."Never Again"2:23
6."Pleasure Seeker"3:52
8."Big Trouble"3:05
9."Hand Grenade"2:57
11."Teenage Heaven"4:08
Total length:35:47


Be Your Own Pet

  • John Eatherly – drums, percussion, backing vocals, production
  • Jemina Pearl – vocals, production
  • Jonas Stein – guitar, backing vocals, production
  • Nathan Vasquez – bass guitar, backing vocals, production

Additional contributors

  • Jeremy Ferguson – production, mixing, engineering
  • Bill Skibbe – mastering
  • Jordan Williams – design
  • Marzena Abrahamik – photography


Chart performance for Mommy
Chart (2023)Peak
UK Album Downloads (OCC)[15]83
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[16]10


  1. ^ "Be Your Own Pet Announce New Album Mommy Share New Single/Video for "W" – Third Man Records – Official Store".
  2. ^ Krol, Charlotte (March 30, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet share the explosive 'Hand Grenade', their first song in 15 years". NME.
  3. ^ Trageser, Stephen (March 30, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet Returns With 'Hand Grenade'". Nashville Scene.
  4. ^ "Be Your Own Pet Announce First New Album In 15 Years: Hear "Worship The Whip"". May 31, 2023.
  5. ^ "Be Your Own Pet Share New Song "Goodtime!": Listen". 28 June 2023.
  6. ^ "Be Your Own Pet Reunite for First Shows in 14 Years. Jemina Pearl Talks How It Happened and What's Next". Pitchfork. March 16, 2022.
  7. ^ Anderson, Carys (March 15, 2022). "Be Your Own Pet are reuniting to open for Jack White".
  8. ^ "Selected Discography | Battle Tapes Recording".
  9. ^ a b "Mommy by Be Your Own Pet Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  10. ^ Amour, Cheri (August 19, 2023). "Album: Be Your Own Pet - Mommy". The Arts Desk. Retrieved August 23, 2023.
  11. ^ a b Goggins, Joe (August 23, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet – Mommy review". DIY. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  12. ^ Yarbrough, Will (August 22, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet: Mommy Review – same bark and bite this time with more intent". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  13. ^ Barrett, Fred (August 21, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet Mommy Review: Hopped-up Rock 'n' Roll Posturing". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 24, 2023.
  14. ^ a b "Be Your Own Pet – Mommy". Uncut. September 2023. p. 23.
  15. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 1, 2023.


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Be Your Own Pet (also known as BYOP or stylised as be your own PET) is a punk/garage rock band from Nashville, Tennessee, formed in 2003. For most of their career, the band's line-up has consisted of lead vocalist Jemina Pearl, guitarist Jonas Stein, bassist Nathan Vasquez and drummer John Eatherly. After originally releasing early singles and EPs with Nashville-based Infinity Cat Records, the band signed to XL Recordings and Thurston Moore's label, Ecstatic Peace/Universal Records in the UK & North America respectively.

Be Your Own Pet released their self-titled debut album in 2006, receiving critical acclaim from publications such as NME and Pitchfork. Shortly following the release of their second album Get Awkward in 2008, the group disbanded, citing misogyny directed towards and experienced by Pearl and a general burnout from pressures of the music industry as the reasons for their split.[1]

Following a fourteen year hiatus, they reunited in 2021 after being specifically requested by American musician and songwriter, Jack White to open up on a few southeastern US dates of his Supply Chain Issues Tour in support of the two studio albums he would release that year.[2] They subsequently signed to Third Man Records (co-owned by White and Pearl's husband, Ben Swank) soon after, where the group released their third studio album, Mommy on August 25, 2023.[3]


The band formed while all members were in high school at Nashville School of the Arts. The group honed its sound playing house shows and gigs at the all-ages venues Guido's Pizza and Bongo Java. The band released their first single, Damn Damn Leash, as a CD-R; the track made its way to BBC Radio One presenter Zane Lowe, whose support for Be Your Own Pet won the band an early U.K. following. Meanwhile, attention-getting gigs at 2004's CMJ and 2005's South by Southwest began creating a buzz for the group stateside. A string of EPs followed.

BYOP performed at festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and Reading & Leeds. They also supported bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, Kings of Leon, amongst others.

The band received critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and many other publications such as NME, who named Pearl in the Top 10 of their annual "Cool List", and Nylon, who put the band on the cover of their summer 2006 issue. The group made their debut TV performance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.


On August 1, 2008, the band announced on their website that after finishing a small tour of England, they would be breaking up. The band posted the following message on their website: "To all of our fans, we are sad to bring you the news that our upcoming shows in the UK are going to be our last as a band. We thank you for all your love and support these past few years. It's been a blast, but the time has come for the four of us to go our separate ways."[4] Their final show of their initial run was at Dingwalls in London in August 2008.

In a 10-year retrospective article for the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, director Edgar Wright revealed that Be Your Own Pet was originally asked to write the music for the fictional band Sex Bob-Omb, but their breakup prevented this from happening. The role was then given to Beck.[5]


Jemina Pearl released her debut solo album Break It Up on October 6, 2009, by Ecstatic Peace Records. The album was co-written with Eatherly, and featured guest appearances from Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop, Dave Sitek and Derek Stanton. During the 2010s, Pearl played in a garage-punk band called The Ultras S/C, alongside Ben Swank and Chet Weise.

Stein focused on his side project, Turbo Fruits, which released several albums after Be Your Own Pet's disbanding. Eatherly, meanwhile, played drums with bands such as The Virgins, Smith Westerns and Chairlift. He was the lead singer of the band Public Access TV, and went on to front the project Club Intl.[6]


In March 2022, Be Your Own Pet announced they would be reuniting to perform two concerts in April 2022 opening for Jack White's Supply Chain Issues Tour.[7]

In March 2023, the band released the single "Hand Grenade," their first new music in 15 years.[8] Two months later, they released second single "Worship the Whip" and announced that their first album since reuniting, titled Mommy, would be released on August 25, 2023.[9] This was followed by a tour of the UK.[10]


Current members

  • Jemina Pearl – lead vocals (2003–2008, 2021–present)
  • Nathan Vasquez – bass, backing vocals (2003–2008, 2021–present)
  • Jonas Stein – guitar, backing vocals (2003–2008, 2021–present)
  • John Eatherly – drums, backing vocals (2006–2008, 2021–present)

Former members



Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and sales figures
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions

Be Your Own Pet473
Get Awkward1017
  • Released: August 25, 2023
  • Label: Third Man
  • Format: CD, CS, LP
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



List of singles, with selected chart positions
Release dateDetailsChart positionsNotes
UK Indie
2004September"Damn Damn Leash" (Infinity Cat)68
2005June"Fire Department" (Rough Trade/Infinity Cat)59
November"Extra Extra" (Infinity Cat)
"Extra Extra Handmade Edition" (Infinity Cat)Limited to 100 copies
"Girls on TV" (Self Released)Tour-only single
2006January"Let's Get Sandy (Big Problem)" (XL)51
March"Adventure" (XL)36
June"Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" (XL)Download-only single
2008March 3"Food Fight! (XL)87" and
"Super Soaked (XL)5
March 10"The Kelly Affair (XL)6
March 17"Black Hole (XL)5
2023March 30"Hand Grenade" (Third Man)



  1. ^ Snapes, Laura (March 18, 2022). "'I was susceptible to being taken advantage of': Be Your Own Pet return after surviving sleazy indie". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved June 12, 2023.
  2. ^ "Be Your Own Pet reuniting to open for Jack White, first shows in 14 years". BrooklynVegan. March 15, 2022. Retrieved June 12, 2023.
  3. ^ "Be Your Own Pet Announce New Album Mommy Share New Single/Video For "Worship the Whip" – Third Man Records – Official Store".
  4. ^ "BYOP Website". August 1, 2008. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "'Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World' is a 2010s Indie Rock Time Capsule". August 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Hann, Michael (November 25, 2014). "Public Access TV's John Eatherly: 'I've learned to avoid train wrecks'". The Guardian. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  7. ^ Minsker, Evan (March 16, 2022). "Be Your Own Pet Reunite for First Shows in 14 Years. Jemina Pearl Talks How It Happened and What's Next". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  8. ^ Sacher, Andrew (March 30, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet release first new song in 15 years, "Hand Grenade"". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  9. ^ Pearis, Bill (May 31, 2023). "Be Your Own Pet announce first album in 15 years & fall tour, share "Worship the Whip"". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  10. ^ "Be Your Own Pet – Rough Trade East, Whitechapel". The Red Penguin. September 1, 2023. Retrieved September 1, 2023.
  11. ^ UK Albums Chart:
  12. ^ UK Independent Albums Chart:
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 48. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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