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'Armageddon' EP
(Rude Records)
Out Now

Johnny Main

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Formed back in 2001 by frontman Joe Ragosta, Patent Pending hail from New York and can best be described as a Pop Punk band. Their boucny melodies and happy go lucky lyrics (most of the time) mean that even when you're having a really shit day, then this is the type of music that is pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

After self-releasing various EP in the band's formative years, they released their debut album, the enchantingly titled 'Save Each Other, The Whales Are Doing Fine' in 2006 which was followed up in 2009 with the 'Attack Of The Awesome' EP. The band have weathered various personnel changes over the years, with only Ragosta and drummer Anthony Mingoia remaining from the band's debut line up. The newest member of the band, bass player Corey DeVincenzo joined in 2012 and since then, the band have engaged in a period of consistent touring and recording.

Bringing the Patent Pending story right up-to-date is their latest offering, the 'Armageddon' EP which simply serves as a stop-gap to show where the band are now, and what you get for your hard earned cash are five delightfully catchy tracks. Sure, 'Brighter' may be an older track, originally released as the title track of their third album back in 2013, but they have tweaked the track for this EP but it sounds pretty much the same as the original – which means that it's still a great song.

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'Tick Tick Boom' is amongst the best here, which tells the story of Paris and the breakdown of a relationship with her. All the Pop Punk boxes are ticked here from the short, tight lyrics, to the crowded backing vocals and that ever so catchy chorus. There's nothing to be ashamed of in following a well used blueprint of how to write a classic Pop Punk song, and that's essentially what this is – a song will have your foot tapping along and a smile on your face.

The uptempo 'The Way I See It' bounces along at fair pace too, and is ideal as one of these songs that's bound to get any party started. Drummer Anthony Mingoia punches out the solid beat whilst front man Joe Ragosta puts in a great vocal performance. The dulcet tones of guitarist Rob Felicetti add a bit of extra oomph to the vocals and it's certainly another enjoyable number.

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'We're Getting Weird' has a markedly different sound with bass player Corey DeVincenzo and Mingoia leading the way musically whilst Ragosta has some fun effects added to his voice. More of a rapping style number, it's another enjoyable one, that's got its infectious chorus liberally spread along the length of the track.

Pop Punk bands seem to have fallen out of favour over the last couple of years, so the movement's due for a revival at some point in the near future, and I'm sure that Patent Pending will be ready to spearhead its revival when the time comes.

You can watch the official video for 'Brighter' here:

You can see Patent Pending live here:
Saturday 21st November – Chinnerys, Southend
Sunday 22nd November – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
Monday 23rd November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Tuesday 24th November – Stylus, Leeds
Wednesday 25th November – The Garage, Glasgow
Friday 27th November – Manchester Academy 3, Manchester
Saturday 28th November – Brooklyn Bowl, London
Sunday 29th November – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
Monday 30th November – The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Tuesday 1st December – The Marble Factory, Bristol

'Armageddon' EP Tracklist:
Too Much To Think
Tick Tick Boom
The Way I See It
We're Getting Weird

Patent Pending are:
Joe Ragosta – Vocals
Rob Felicetti – Guitar/Vocals
Marc Kantor – Guitar
Corey DeVincenzo – Bass Guitar
Anthony Mingoia – Drums

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