May 12, 2017 |

Patent Pending @ London O2 Academy

Patent Pending @ London O2 Academy

May 12, 2017 |

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Live from the O2 Academy in London, I had the pleasure of witnessing Patent Pending who provide nothing short of a good time when it comes to live shows, with the core energy and raw emotion they provide on stage you can't help but find your way as close to the action as possible to get the best experience.

As they take to the stage with the theme from hit TV show Stranger Things, Joe wastes little time in heading straight to the barriers getting intimate with the front row opening with Little Miss Impossible while continuing to prove their underrated pop punk ranking, a personal favourite of mine I Already Know (She Don't Give A Shit) gets the floor moving, making for ease of access as I can't help but find myself work through to a front and centre position singing along to the catchy hooks provided in most if not all of a Patent Pending live show. As expected from Joe, he loves to feel the energy of the crowd and becoming one with them, with multiple barrier appearances, sharing the mic with fans, anything that brings him closer to the chaos.

Already committed to the fact that this will be a pop punk show people will be kicking themselves if they did not attend, Patent Pending continue to prove with Love Is Anarchy that they are the most underrated and well deserving band of it's genre out there. The Whiskey, The Liar, The Thief follows as Joe plays on lyrics involving members of the crowd in a weird yet fun loving way. Jazz hands are raised all over as Let Go begins followed by the on beat claps for the verse and escalating to the whole room bouncing on the spot during the chorus. Following is the unique live experience during Psycho In Love where mid-song Joe challenges another person to a “Crowd Swimming” contest by splitting the gig goers down the middle, as he takes one side to “swim”over while his challenger takes the other side, mentioning that if he won this one, it would be a tie and will go to sudden death. Unfortunately Joe was left disappointed as he lost, blaming it on weight difference of course.

We're Freakin' Out sees the darker side of their song catalogue with a heavier rhythm throughout, but don't let that affect your view on the show, it is a brilliant addition to their set given that they have a very versatile and adaptable range of songs. Dance Till' We Die was a song written about zombies, and provides a great dance / rock feel to it also winning over the fans. Joe cracks jokes of how much he likes to talk and opens up on how he has ADHD explaining that is the meaning behind the next song Started In My Head as everyone is shouting “Here we, here we, here we fucking go!” which hears in start of that track. What do you get when you cross Patent Pending with live shows? Answer: At least one cover song. They have recently recorded a new album titled Other Peoples Greatest Hits and we are blessed with Joe's great dancing skills as he 'Rick Rolls' in the crowd during Rick Astley's hit single Never Gonna Give You Up. He continues to admit that back home no one believes him when he says that the UK bring a party, and are passionate about being in the presences of a Patent Pending show, which he filmed on his phone screaming “IT'S REAL!” to prove at home they have a second home here in the UK (So America, if you don't want them, we will happily take them from you!).