ALTERNATIVE MUSIC INTERVIEWS
May 3, 2017 |
Patent Pending talk new album, dream tour, and more.
Patent Pending talk new album, dream tour, and more.
May 3, 2017 |
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Joe & Anthony from Patent Pending, in what was a fun and longer than expected interview as we dwindled more in depth with random conversations. So, here are the key points we covered, with the most down to Earth band I have had the privilege to get to know over the years.
A hand full of albums and a ton of EP's, and you finally made it, you've released a Greatest Hits album... sort of?
Joe: We did it! Can we just talk about how funny that is by the way? That title? [Patent Pending: Other Peoples Greatest Hits]
Enlighten us with what made you decide to do an album of other peoples 'Greatest Hits'?
Anthony: I think covers are always fun, because building your own song is different from reworking a song that is already written.
J: We grew up listening to all that pop punk stuff, and really loved the cover albums by New Found Glory [From Your Screen To Your Stereo] and Less Than Jake [Greased]. When I was young I didn't even know you were allowed to do that! I was a theatre kid when I was young, I knew all the Grease soundtrack so to hear it punk I was like “What is this?! How do I do this?” so it's something we've always done, and always put in our shows, and it just makes perfect sense that we would do this. People says they're shocked we did this and I'm thinking “How are you shocked? You know our band”. Anyway I love cover songs, and all the songs mean something to us except we didn't know the Little Mix song? We had another song which wasn't sitting well... It was Avril Lavigne [Skater Boi], it just didn't go great. Boy Jumps Ship suggested I listen to Little Mix [Shout Out To My Ex], and I am obsessed with that song. So IMMEDIATELY that become the last song chosen for the record.
I'm guessing that was the most unexpected song that went on the record?
J: As far as most unexpected goes, yes...
A: Ricky Martin [Livin La Vida Loca]? That was pretty unexpected?
J: (Laughs) Livin La... Alright, so there was a couple of songs we started and didn't finish. We did The Beatles [Hard Days Night], which we didn't finish because it wasn't respectful enough,they're too good. We didn't do a good enough cover to justify it making the record. We tried others, and they just didn't click, we started with 173 choices by the way and the hardest part was whittling down choices.
A: Turns out there's a lot of #1 singles in the world?
J: How are you supposed to listen to Beyoncé [Single Ladies] and be like “we're not doing this”? I agonized over this for a full 2 days, but have you heard it? There is no music, just noises. Her voice alone makes you believe there is more going on she's that damn good.
It's been a year since last playing in the UK, how does it feel to be welcomed back by the Second Family?
A: It feels great, coming to the UK it's like playing our hometown (New York) just different people. I love it. It's amazing to come to somewhere after a year, across the big pond, and still have people that care and want to hear and hang out.
For someone who hasn't experienced a Patent Pending show before, how would you explain it to them because personally it feels like a roller coaster of energy and fun times, mixed with emotional moments?
J: We're only doing sad songs tonight. It's going to be an hour and a half of crying, it's going to be a mess. (Laughs) No, it is a roller coaster and I've been saying this recently when people ask why our music always sounds so different? It's because this band is our life, and your life is not the same every day. There are fun days, sad days, happy days, silly days, angry days, stuff like that. So if the band is your life it will come out in your songs, and this is what happened here. So Patent Pending shows, the idea is that it's all fun, but sometimes we are very serious about that.
What is your favourite song to play live?
A: We're Freakin' Out for selfish reasons, I love the drums in that song. Also Second Family because in a non-cheesy way you can feel the connection of the people in the room. That's kind of awesome.
J: Okay, so I can say that it changes every night, but this one part in Let Go where it goes “Fuck you, fuck me” and then the whole crowd goes “FUCK YOU!”... I think that is funny every damn time. It is always not NOT funny.
Who has been your favourite band to tour with?
J: Dammit man, that stuffs really hard, but I got to answer it though because I don't like things going unanswered
A: No comment
J: Okay, so here's the deal... We're the kind of band that is very adaptable. We met a lot of bands that weren't. We're not one of those bands that are difficult and we try not to be one of those bands. We get along with everyone, there has only been one time that I can think of and honestly, I do not remember their name but they were not nice Very rude, rude to our fans, the other bands fans, and I don't like them. I truly do not remember their name, but they were dicks. Everyone else we have had such a wonderful experience with and most of them we keep in touch with on a daily basis. We love Boy Jumps Ship, we love Sweet Little Machines and we have just started touring with them. Lacey, The Bottom Line, Bowling For Soup, Catch 22... but I don't know if there's one... Whose the most fun? I think we've had the most fun days with Bowling For Soup.
A: I think some of my fondest memories have been with BFS, in the time we started touring with them here in the UK we grew.
The first time I seen you was on that BFS tour, and here we are now.
A: Never forget your first bro.
J: Then like, Set It Off, we are life long bros with those guys.
I am jealous of the Simple Plan & Set It Off shows you're playing in US.
J: Come to the Las Vegas show and you can win all your money back and cover the expenses, that's how Vegas works! Anyway, so here's the answer to the question, ready? We've had the most fun on tour with Bowling For Soup. I do not know who my favourite one is, because it's a serious tie? So here's a way to break this tie... Simple Plan. We've never toured with them before, we spent one day on Warped Tour with them and did one date last month with them from which they invited us to tour with them in the Summer. The NICEST people, platinum record selling stars! They don't even have to talk to us, but they went out of their way and were so kind inviting us on tour. So I'm going to say them for my answer, check back with me after and I can guarantee you I will stick by that answer.”
What is your direction for future albums, do you think you will go back to a straight-up pop punk record?
J: It's a wildly difficult thing to say because you could say our next album is super heavy, but until you phone it in that can all change. I don't like bands that are like “We're going to sound like this” that's bullshit. You want the honest truth about our albums? So, [Second Family] is a cohesive album, it makes sense together which is fun, it's great and I love it. Again [Brighter] I have the same views, whereas [Riot Hearts Rebellion] has good songs, but the songs do not feel like an album but more like a collection of songs. So I will say that the next album I want to make sure we spend enough time to make it feel like an album and it's not saying every songs going to sound the same, that would be lying and a very bad idea, but I want to make sure they flow well together.
I have some individual questions for each of you, [I managed to catch the rest of the band outside of the interviewing stage] Joe, originally the guitarist, and taken your brothers place, how did that feel?
J: We added a second guitarist and he was embarrassed of how good I am, so I had to stop playing guitar... Okay, I'm a terrible guitarist. I just like being on stage, I don't know if you've noticed but I like the attention. I'd love to bring him on tour with us and his band This Good Robot, but who's going to look after the kids?! Michael has so many kids, and looks after mine while I'm on tour! I love him.
Anthony, you along with Joe are the only original Patent Pending members, how has it felt to see the band blossom into what it has become?
A: It's been an interesting time for sure, we've been through so much, me and Joe specifically in the band and personal lives we have all the emotions, how does it feel now to be a part of it? It feels completely normal, it's part of life like a brother I got at a time in life it's just there now.