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Be Your Own Pet (also known as BYOP) was a four-piece punk/garage rock group from Nashville, Tennessee, United States.

Be Your Own Pet
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Be Your Own Pet in 2008
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresGarage punk, garage rock, alternative rock, noise pop
Years active2004–2008
LabelsInfinity Cat, XL, Ecstatic Peace!
Associated actsJEFF the Brotherhood, Turbo Fruits, Public Access T.V.
Past membersJemina Pearl
Jonas Stein
Nathan Vasquez
John Eatherly
Jamin Orrall



Record labelEdit

The band was signed to XL in the UK since 2005 and were later signed with Thurston Moore's label, Ecstatic Peace in the US. Be Your Own Pet originally released early singles and EPs with Nashville-based Infinity Cat Records.

Side projectsEdit

All of the members of Be Your Own Pet are involved in various other musical projects. Jonas Stein and John Eatherly play together in a band called Turbo Fruits, along with their friend Max Peebles. Their debut album was released in 2006 in the UK and they also played at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the summer of 2006. Nathan Vasquez plays in a band called Deluxin. Jemina Pearl also has side projects: although no longer a member of Cheap Time, she is notably a member of Rare Form. Former member Jamin Orrall plays in JEFF the Brotherhood, along with his brother Jake Orrall. Jake Orrall was never a member of Be Your Own Pet, although he is often mistakenly believed to have been.[1]

Break upEdit

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."[2]

Final showsEdit

During both the Dingwalls and Liverpool Carling Academy shows, there have been reports of "official looking cameras" in between the crowd and stage.[3] Their final show as a band was at Dingwalls in London in August 2008.


Jemina Pearl released her debut album Break It Up on October 6, 2009 by Ecstatic Peace Records. The album is co-written by John Eatherly and has guest appearances from Thurston Moore, Iggy Pop, Dave Sitek and Derek Stanton.

As of 2012, Jemina Pearl was performing out of Nashville in another garage-punk band called The Ultras S/C, alongside Ben Swank and Chet Weise

Jonas Stein focused on his side project, Turbo Fruits, which he formed before the split of Be Your Own Pet and had previously included BYOP drummer John Eatherly. Turbo Fruits released several albums after Be Your Own Pet's disbanding.

John Eatherly is now the drummer of the Virgins, and has played drums with bands such as Smith Westerns, Emma Louise, and more. He is currently a member of the band Public Access TV, in which he sings, plays guitar, and writes songs.[4]


Former membersEdit

  • Jamin Orrall – drums


Studio albumsEdit



Release Date Details Chart Position Notes
UK[5] UK Indie
2004 September "Damn Damn Leash" (Infinity Cat) 68 -
2005 June "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
2006 January "Let's Get Sandy (Big Problem)" (XL) 51 -
March "Adventure" (XL) 36 -
June "Bicycle, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle" (XL) - - Download-only single
2008 March 3 "Food Fight! (XL) - 8 7" and
"Super Soaked (XL) - 5
March 10 "The Kelly Affair (XL) - 6
March 17 "Black Hole (XL) - 5



  1. ^ Tracy, Liz. "Jeff the Brotherhood's Jamin Orrall Talks Insane Clown Posse, Ke$ha, and Care Bears" New Times. January 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "BYOP Website". 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 September 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  3. ^ "be your own PET - last song, last show - 26/08/08 - YouTube". 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2012-04-08.
  4. ^ Hann, Michael (25 November 2014). "Public Access TV's John Eatherly: 'I've learned to avoid train wrecks'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  5. ^ 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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