Patent Pending (band)

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Patent Pending
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Patent Pending performing at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on April 26, 2012. Photo by: Jimmy Douglas
Background information
Also known as P-Unit, PTPG
Origin Mount Sinai, New York, US
Genres Pop punk, Ska punk (early)
Years active 2001–present
Labels We Put Out Records, Crappy Records, Second Family Records (current)
Website patentpendingmusic.com
Members Joe Ragosta (Vocals)
Anthony Mingoia (Drums)
Marc Kantor (Guitar)
Rob Felicetti (Guitar)
Corey DeVincenzo(Bass)
Past members Michael Ragosta (Vocals)
Drew Buffardi (Bass)
Jay Beiner (Bass)
Travis McGee (Bass)

Patent Pending is an American pop punk band, formed in Mount Sinai, New York in 2001.[1]

Consisting of Joe Ragosta (vocals), Anthony Mingoia (drums), Marc Kantor (guitar), Rob Felicetti (guitar, vocals), and Corey DeVincenzo (bass), the band had self-released various EPs before releasing their debut album, Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine, in 2006 with original vocalist Michael Ragosta, and bassist Drew Buffardi on We Put Out Records. In 2009 Patent Pending released an EP, Attack of the Awesome!!!, with Joe Ragosta and Michael Ragosta switching on lead vocals, and Jay Beiner on bass guitar. Michael Ragosta left the band shortly after the EP's release, with lead vocal duties permanently replaced by Joe Ragosta. Joshua Dicker, long time collaborating songwriter with the band, would appear as a live guitarist consistently during Joe Ragosta's switch to lead singer until former The Ataris guitarist Rob Felicetti replaced Dicker as a touring replacement before joining the band full-time while on tour in 2010.

Patent Pending released an EP, I'm Not Alone, in 2010, and their second album, Second Family, in 2011, and performed the single "Dance Til We Die" live at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, hosted at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The band released their third album, Brighter, in 2013.

The band is notable for their upbeat demeanor, diverse song subjects, close relationship with their fans, and energetic live shows. Since their formation, Patent Pending has released three full length albums, ten extended plays, and ten singles to date.

History[edit]

Formation (2001)[edit]

Patent Pending was formed in 2001 by Joe Ragosta and Drew Buffardi while the two were attending Mount Sinai High School in Mount Sinai, New York. The band was started hastily in order to perform at a local show Ragosta and Buffardi had heard about, recruiting Joe's younger brother Michael on lead vocals, and approaching Anthony Mingoia as he was the only drummer they knew of in their school. Patent Pending began to play shows around Long Island, gaining a consistent following in Nassau County, while the band hailed from adjacent Suffolk County. They began recording demo CDs with some songs that would go on to be re-recorded and re-released on the band's future albums.

Early releases and Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine (2001-2006)[edit]

The band release their debut EP, Meet the Fat Kids, in 2001, which was self-released and contained only 2 songs. The same year the band release the full-length EP, The Pirate House, which featured both songs from their previous EP on it. The name of the EP is a reference to a house decorated like a pirate ship in their home town. Patent Pending released two more EPs in 2002, Air Drew and Drive By, and second full-length EP, Don't Quit Your Day Job.

Later in 2004 the band released the EP, ...Is Your Biological Father, filming their first music video for the song "The June Spirit". In 2005 Patent Pending signed to the record label, We Put Out Records, under the East/West Record Group.[2][3] The following year the released their debut full length album, Save Each Other, the Whales Are Doing Fine, on We Put Out Records, and produced by Joseph A. Pedulla. The album's original title, "Save The Children, The Whales Are Doing Fine", spawned legal issues pursued by the Save the Children Foundation, causing the album to be retitled and the original release date of May 9, 2006, was changed to June 6, 2006. The album achieved moderate commercial success, selling over 10,000 copies due to the band's inclusion on the entire 2006 Vans Warped Tour, and supporting Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship on a tour immediately following.[4] Upon completing the record, the band invited long-time friend Marc Kantor to join as an additional guitarist.

Attack of the Awesome!!!, "I'm Not Alone", and switching singers (2007-2010)[edit]

Bassist and founding member Drew Buffardi left the band in 2007, and was replaced by Jay Beiner who joined as a full-time replacement. The band performed at the 2007 Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as well as select dates on the 2007 Vans Warped Tour, in addition to touring smaller clubs and venues throughout the United States. On April 16, 2007, guitarist Marc Kantor began riding his bicycle from Levittown, New York to San Diego, California in an effort to help raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association, with a portion of the proceeds also being donated to the Rhiannon Chloe Foundation, and was successfully completed on June 7, 2007. In 2008, Patent Pending went back into the studio with Joseph A. Pedulla to record Attack of the Awesome!!!, an 8-song EP featuring Joe Ragosta and Michael Ragosta switching lead vocal duties, and was released July 14, 2009. The band supported the EP on separate tours with Catch 22, Just Surrender, and Suburban Legends throughout the first half of the year.

After a performance at the Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York on July 25, 2009, Michael Ragosta announced his departure from the band via a YouTube video of he and Joe offering an explanation for his leaving the band. Joe Ragosta, originally a guitarist and backing vocalist, became the band's permanent lead vocalist. Long time songwriter and collaborator with the band, Joshua Dicker, took over Joe Ragosta's guitar duties for live performances during this time. Dicker and Ragosta began writing for a new EP, asking long time friend and former The Ataris guitarist Rob Felicetti to come track guitar for the record. In March 2010, the band went to record with producer Jordan Schmidt, who had worked with other pop rock artists such Motion City Soundtrack and All Time Low, at Melmac Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The recordings produced the EP/DVD, I'm Not Alone, which was released August 17, 2010, featuring a double disc set featuring a 6 song EP, and a DVD featuring live performance footage, tour stories, and a band biography. Felicetti became Dicker's touring replacement, and eventually joined the band as a full-time replacement during their 2010 summer tour. Patent Pending began writing for another record throughout the fall and winter of 2010, following the departure of bassist Jay Beiner, and the inclusion of fill-in bass player Travis McGee.

Second Family and 2012 Billboard Music Awards performance (2011-2012)[edit]

In February 2011, the band joined back up with producer Jordan Schmidt to begin pre-production for a new full-length record. They started recording at StadiumRed in Harlem, New York during March, and finished up the recording process at Schmidt's Melmac Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Patent Pending self-released their second full length album, Second Family, on July 12, 2011. While in the studio, the band released two music videos for singles from the EP I'm Not Alone: one for "One Less Heart to Break" which reached number one under every category on mtv.com and put into rotation on MTV2), and "Dance Til We Die" which reached the twelth highest rated and most viewed music video on mtv.com.

In May, the band was asked to support a US tour with Bowling For Soup and the Dollyrots, and spent the summer on the Vans Warped Tour following McGee joining the band as a full-time bassist.[5] In October, the band filmed a music video for the single "Douchebag" with producer/director Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup's music video production company Built By Ninjas, which was released December 6, 2011.

Patent Pending was originally scheduled to play on May 20 at The 2012 Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey following a spring touring schedule supporting Bowling For Soup, however on May 18 the band was named Billboard's "Dreamseaker Artist Of The Year" after winning a battle of the bands competition at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, securing a live performance slot at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on ABC. The band was replaced by This Good Robot for their May 20 performance at Bamboozle Festival. Patent Pending played select dates on the 2012 Vans Warped Tour over the summer on the Ourstage.com Stage from July 6-12 and July 21, as well as supporting on a subsequent tour with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.[6] The band was also included on the Crappy Records compilation Have a Crappy Summer' where the band released a new song entitled, "These Pools Were Made for Hopping".[7]

In October 2012, Patent Pending embarked on a two-week tour of the United Kingdom supporting Bowling For Soup, which were the band's first shows outside of North America. In addition to the tour, Bowling For Soup released a split album with their supporting acts, Patent Pending and The Dollyrots, on their "One Big Happy Tour." The split was called One Big Happy, with each releasing a new original song and a cover of a song by the other bands on the album. The band's new original song on the split was "Psycho In Love", and they covered Bowling For Soup's "Shut Up and Smile" and The Dollyrot's "Hyperactive."

In December 2012, Patent Pending released a 5-track digital cover EP called "Spring Break '99", which included covers of Limp Bizkit, Smash Mouth, Lit, The Backstreet Boys and Sugar Ray. This was followed with a holiday tour in December 2012, and their first headlining tour of the United Kingdom in April, alongside a performance at the 2013 Download Festival in Leicestershire, England.

Brighter (2013)[edit]

In February 2013, the band began production on a new record at Fantasy Land Studio in Gallatin, Tennessee, choosing again producer Jordan Schmidt, and was fan funded by a campaign on PledgeMusic. The band released their third full length album, Brighter, on October 7, 2013.[8] The US release took place one day later. The same year Patent Pending opened for Bowling for Soup oduring their final United Kingdom Tour.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Patent Pending's musical style is generally considered pop punk, pop rock, or punk rock. While also drawing influences from hip-hop and R&B music, the band has cited Green Day, Blink-182, NOFX, Goldfinger, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, New Found Glory, and even the Beastie Boys and MC Hammer as influences. The band's songs are generally upbeat and non-serious in nature, with subjects including relationships, growing up, and friendship, while on occasion the band have release serious songs such as the love song "Spin Me Around" from Second Family, and touching on the subject of suicide awareness and prevention with "One Less Heart to Break".

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Joe Ragosta – vocals, guitar (2001–2009), vocals (2009–present)
  • Anthony Mingoia – drums (2001–present)
  • Rob Felicetti – guitar, vocals (2010–present)
  • Marc Kantor – guitar (2006–present)
  • Corey DeVincenzo – bass (2012–present)
Fill-in / touring members
Former members
  • Michael Ragosta – vocals (2001–2009)
  • Drew Buffardi – bass (2001–2007)
  • Jay Beiner – bass (2007–2010)
  • Travis McGee – bass (2011–2012)
Former touring members

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Meet the Fat Kids (2001)
  • The Pirate House (2001)
  • Air Drew (2002)
  • Drive By (2002)
  • Don't Quit Your Day Job (2004)
  • ...Is Your Biological Father (2004)
  • Attack of the Awesome!!! (2009)
  • I'm Not Alone (2010)
  • Second Family (2011)
  • Spring Break '99 (2012)
  • Mario and the Brick Breakers: Greatest Hits (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ (June 7, 2006). "Pop-punk humor is patently contagious", Newsday, p. B5.
  2. ^ Apar, Corey. "Patent Pending", Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  3. ^ (June 30, 2005). "With the band, Hard work gets patented", Newsday, p. B3.
  4. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (March 20, 2011). "The Long Island sound: Patent Pending gets inventive", Newsday, p. C11.
  5. ^ Massimo, Rick (July 15, 2011). "Warped grows from its punk roots: Music review", The Providence Journal, p. A2.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "PATENT PENDING released new studio album "BRIGHTER" October 7th — MusicMuso". Musicmuso.com. 2013-10-11. Retrieved 2015-02-19. 

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