Interview: Jonas Stein of Be Your Own Pet

posted June 6, 2006

by Corinne

Jonas Stein of Be Your Own PetHow are you?

Dandy

Care to introduce yourself?

Jonas Stein

How did the band meet?

We were all just friends back in the day and Jamin and I had other bands and one day we were playing music together and we wanted to try a new band so we asked Jemina to sing. Then come a year later I find Nathan's priceless ass sitting in front of me in Spanish class and we start talking during free time and I realize his BYOP potential.

Springing up in Nashville, Tennessee, does Be Your Own Pet stick out in the music scene as something new and exciting or is the music scene more traditional, frowning on change?

I don't know. We've had a pretty big backlash from Nashville folk. We started getting local press and all these other older bands started talking a lot of trash. Hopefully that will fade but no, I wouldn't say we stand out that much but we definitely are unlike any other band in Nashville.

Tell us about Be Your Own Pet's upcoming debut album. Is it an extension of the indie/punk blend of the "Summer Sensation" EP?

The debut is going to be 10 times more dangerous than Summer Sensation.

With the self-titled full-length being released Stateside on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, did you feel any anxiety or pressure? Did you get to deal with Thurston Moore directly or have you spoken to him about the album?

No pressure at all. Thurston is a great guy. We have been able to deal with him directly and take on his artistic support.

You just finished a European tour, any good tour stories?

Jamin had a pretty bitchin' birthday party. I was sick for the first week, drenching my blankets with sweat at night. When we were in Amsterdam, Nathan and I walked ourselves into a bad situation.

Based on the success Be Your Own Pet has been having, does youth offer any advantages over experience?

I guess we might not wear and tear as quickly as the older folk.

Name an underrated band you think deserves more attention.

Well, I don't know how rated or under rated they are but I think The Rogers Sisters deserve more attention. And I think Black Time deserves more attention.

What have you been listening to recently?

Easy Rider Sound Track. Muldoons. Gandalf.

If you could have written any song, what song do you wish you had written and why?

Sorry this question doesn't work for me. It's hard for me to think of a song that I wish I had written. I don't wish I had written other songs I just appreciate them.

Thanks for your time!