For a band so young in their years, this is an absolutely incredible effort. As a frontwoman, Jemima has an energy and confidence which most of the limp noodles double her age fail to muster up - and the rest of the band blow me away too, with furious drumming and an aggressive approach to bass/lead guitar.
Most of this album is vital, being deeply rooted in punk with it's rough around the edges texture but with enough pop sensibilities to make this enduringly catchy and memorable. And the enthusiasm! The opening attack 'Bunk Trunk Skunk' virtually renders the listener immobile, clouting them over the head with it's aggression, as Jemima roars "I'M AN INDEPENDENT MOTHERF**KER!" at the top of her voice, and we are left in doubt that she is telling the truth!
'Wildcat', meanwhile, features excellent guitars and is also loud/brash, whilst 'Adventure' is easily on of the best songs on the album, musically and lyrically very accomplished, but also with the adding benefit of it sounding like a bona fide anthem, in my opinion. 'Fuuuuun' is more fast n' furious, unfettered punk, played at breakneck speed, loud and angry, whilst 'Girls On TV' and 'We Will Vacation...' are more slices of grimily recorded garage-punk, unpolished but charming in their rawness and eagerness. Jemima's voice is also exceptionally strong, and she is a far more adept vocalist than most vocalists in bands at the moment.
And much of the rest of the album plays out in the same way, never executed with anything but the utmost gusto and zeal - which makes Be Your Own Pet a band worth keeping an eye on, hopefully for a while to come.