Video: Be Your Own Pet in the Studio

July 17, 2007 12:28 PM ET

When we hung out with Be Your Own Pet at Lollapalooza last summer, lead singer and peroxide punk-rock vixen Jemina Pearl kept Thurston Moore -- her label's boss and the band's mentor -- on the edge of his seat recounting the plot of a gothic young-adult book she was reading. So what have Nashville's finest teenage thrash punks been doing since then? Getting their drivers licenses, touring with the Arctic Monkeys and working on the follow-up to last year's eponymous debut. Check out this exclusive video for an inside look at their yet-untitled sophomore album and what fuels their creativity (hot dog buns and candy, of course).

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