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    Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:11:20

    Be Your Own Pet Cancel Warped Tour Run - Due to exhaustion

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    While Be Your Own Pet officially released their new EP, Get Damaged, in CD form yesterday, the band also took the time to cancel its entire string of Warped Tour shows. In a statement on the group's Web site, they explained, "We regret to inform our fans that we will not be participating in this year's Warped Tour. We have been going non-stop for the past six months and didn't realize how much the intense schedule would take out of us. Something had to give and sadly it's this tour.

    A plea for rest is understandable, but Be Your Own Pet singer Jemina Pearl actually shared her mixed feelings about playing the Warped Tour in a recent Pitchfork interview, saying, "Our label is under the impression that we're going to play one date and then automatically sell 100,000 more records. They gave these examples: 'This band did it, and they sold this many more! They had this many more digital downloads!' And it's all these bands that seem like they fit with the Warped Tour.

    "Maybe I'll be eating my words later, but all those bands [on Warped Tour] have this very specific look and sound and style," she added. "It's like the new hair metal or something. There are like 10 different rules about how you write a song and what everything sounds like and looks like. I'd like to imagine that we're very much the opposite of that. It'll be interesting for us to go in there and just try to put on a really awesome live show, maybe turn some people on to our music that wouldn't have listened to us or liked us before."

    Drama aside, BYOP has four dates still planned for August, including:

    8/7 Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park Pool *!
    8/9 Norfolk, VA - Norva Theater *
    8/22 Reading, England - Reading Festival
    8/23 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival

    * with the Black Keys
    ! with Tapes 'n Tapes

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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