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Album Review: Patent Pending – Brighter

Patent Pending, a pop punk band from Mt. Sinai (New York) have been performing and producing music since 2001, swapping and changing members before finding their current line-up: Singer Joe Ragosta, Drummer Anthony Mingoia, Bassist Corey DeVincenzo, and Guitarists Rob Felicetti and Marc Kantor. It has been a long 12 years for them, and despite their efforts they are still not very well known, with their biggest shot to fame coming from their 2012 tour with Bowling For Soup, which they are repeating in the Autumn of 2013.

They were signed in 2005 by We Put Out Records, and recorded their first album Save Each Other, The Whales Are Doing Fine which was finally available for fans to purchase in 2006. 2009 saw the release of their long awaited EP Attack of the Awesome, followed by their second EP I’m Not Alone in 2011 and their second album Second Family in 2012.

On October 6th 2013, they released their third studio album, Brighter. This was big news to the band’s growing fan base as it was one that allowed them to ‘pledge’ – This meant they could pay different amounts of money and receive different things for it. For example, you could pledge to get the download of the album, or for the download and a signed CD, or even for old guitars and drum skins signed by the members of the band. There was even the option to buy props from their videos, pay for a day to hang out with Patent Pending themselves, or a lifetime pass to their shows; the latter of those costing a mammoth $3000 (or £1865).

The new album itself leans more towards the pop side of pop punk at some points, but keeps to the slightly surreal atmosphere that Patent Pending famously create. An older example of this is their song Shake Weights and Moving Crates from Second Family that sings about a girlfriend moving out and how they’re going to split their possessions, mentioning by name autographs from Will Smith and Oprah, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle bed sheets and a George Foreman grill.

The first single released from Brighter was the song Hey Mario, written about the small Italian plumber that progresses through video game levels trying to reach his beloved Princess Peach. The single offers advice to Mario, and tries to convince him that Peach isn’t worth his time. It’s a fun little tune that offers an 8-Bit backdrop making it both retro but strangely modern at the same time.

The second single and title track Brighter is less surreal and features lyrics that really hit home. It delivers its message in a way that’s catchy and likely to stick with listeners long after they’ve heard it.

If you like pop punk, and are perhaps a fan of Bowling for Soup I urge you to give Patent Pending a listen. They work hard and deserve the fame that they should have received years ago. The guys in the band are some of the nicest, most down-to-earth gentlemen I’ve met, and go as far as they can to make all of their fans feel welcome and as though they are part of a big family.

The monologue at the end of the song Second Family proves this beyond a doubt, letting fans know that they always have a home even when they feel they are at rock bottom. They want people to know that they are never truly alone.

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