Be Your Own Corporate Tool

Be Your Own Pete - Get DamagedRemember those three songs that got cut from Be Your Own Pet‘s new album because UMG’s lawyers thought they were “too violent”? Well, it turns out the label has released them on an EP after all. Get Damaged is out now digitally, and will be available in store on June 24.

So everybody’s happy now, right? Wrong.

“The whole thing was just a huge mistake on Universal’s part,” guitarist Jonas Stein tells Billboard.com, contending that the lyrics, written by singer Jemina Pearl Abegg, are “tongue in cheek.” “It seems pretty hypocritical for them to not let us put these songs out because our ‘demographic’ is supposedly suburban young teenage girls — who I guess don’t listen to all the vulgar rap Universal releases.”

As if this wasn’t humiliating enough, their label has forced them to accept a spot on the Warped Tour, something they had previously refused. “But after hearing some pretty wise words and mentally growing a little bit, we’ve learned that any show is beneficial to a band. It’s not the show that shapes the band, it’s the band that shapes the show.” Yeah, keep telling yourself that.

5 thoughts on “Be Your Own Corporate Tool”

  1. It seems pretty hypocritical for them to not let us put these songs out because our ‘demographic’ is supposedly suburban young teenage girls — who I guess don’t listen to all the vulgar rap Universal releases.

    First of all, if you guys had signed a deal like those “vulgar” hip-hop acts–ie one that let’s you have SOME artistic freedom, since obviously you have NONE–you wouldn’t come across as the wusses you are, and had a much better chance of the label not making you their bitch and forcing you to play Warped.

  2. they never should have left infinity cat. they make good music but i guarantee no one at universal listens to it.

  3. i thought the band was handpicked to be one of the first, if not the first, on thurston moore’s new label?

  4. I accidentally saw them live and they were pretty entertaining. They’ve got a LOT of energy, and from far away their singer looked pretty cute.

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