Patent Pending
Save Each Other, The Whales Are Doing...


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Roberts USER (99 Reviews)
July 25th, 2006 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Patent Pending, to plenty I am sure this is a perfectly new name. Let me tell you that this will not be the case for very long. I actually have a little story about this band which will be a good introduction for the band, and is quite different than the whole I found them on net story we have heard too many times. It was last summer at a local and somewhat close band fest called Six50. A youth group leader runs it and it usually is a good times although it has a tendency to have a dead beat crowd. It was pushing 100 degrees outside and people were very hesitant about a mosh if you will. Well Patent Pending showed up and changed everything. They started by inviting everyone up on stage and ending up breaking the stage. So a friend of mine whom usually does sound ran over and hammered some boards back into the stage and got it all fixed. With a crazy start like that their set only got better. One couldn't help but move to their fast paced pop punk sound. Its energy was felt fully by all around and their stage presence was pro quality. For half an hour I was blown away with how well the band performed, how much fun they looked like they were having, and just how funny in general they are. They can put on a great show and keep up the humor which is a definite plus. Their website is www.patentpendingsmells.com, I mean how many bands do that? Well all of that made me want to keep up with them, as in checking their purevolume and myspace sites on a somewhat regular basis. Of course I got excited when I found out they were releasing a full length record titled Save Each Other the Whales Are Doing Fine. I was even more excited when I found a copy of it at the local Best Buy. A band of four wonderful guys from Long Island who hardly had a name for themselves last summer now had a record available at a big name store. It was blown away and hadn't even listened to the disk yet.

Well I had actually heard the first two tracks since they released them prior to the release of the album. Both of which had impressed me, as the production was very pleasing and the sound was exactly as I remembered. The overall mix of the record is darn near perfect for the genre; especially as far as the guitar and bass levels. In plenty of areas the tones are so that you can hear both at the same time without one really over powering the other, which is a huge plus. Drums sound fairly standard in sound, which is not a bad thing at all as they do an above average job throughout the record. The main vocals are really a treat, as they have a fairly distinctive tone which is very pleasing. As mentioned before the lyrics can hold some humor in plenty of cases, but there is never an impression that this band is completely a joke. The general sound of the band is a mix of pop, punk and even some ska elements. Often times the lyrics are very fast pace compared to the music. Don't get the wrong impression as the music is rarely ever slow, but the lyrics come out in a very rapid pace in some cases. The second song This Can't Happen Again is a great example of this, as it has the fast lyrics, humor, and is a good representation of the band's sound.

I believe again
ADD and OCD and every letter in between and every single step I take
I'm dying,
Hoping you could find the time to help me
Get my life in mind with every single move you make
I can breathe again


Since there is only one guitarist music work is usually fairly straightforward, but never becomes overly dull. The lyrics work wonderfully with the song, and a nice hook comes out in the chorus. Humor once again is revealed during the hilarious Cheer Up Emo Kid. Opening with some side-splitting lines...

I've got a problem with everyone I know
I've got a problem I want everyone to know
I got home late last night from the punk rock show
I say it sucked because I'm emo


While the lyrics are on the joking side, the instrumentals are more on the serious side. Things open with a wonderful riff and stay tight and solid. Once again Patent Pending proves that they can incorporate humor into their songs without ever coming off as a messing around, standard, stereotypical immature pop punk band. They also prove that they are capable of more than one style. On the third track Decemberween some horns come into play, as their sub-genre of ska is revealed. Some upstroke guitar makes up the intro, once more showing some new roots. It offers a nice change of pace, but there trademark style is missed in many ways. Their main style mixes with various elements once more, working out a little more successful during Old And Out of Tune. Opening with soft vocals and acoustic guitar, this song has a completely different mood than the rest of the album. When things begin to pick up, the vocals and instrumentals sound so inspiring. It's not that they are all over the place going crazy; it is merely remarkable how well it all fits together. Harmonies are nailed, adding a great deal of depth to the chorus while a nicely done progression is heard in the back round. It is a perfect example of how Patent Pending excels in creating fantastic songs, not matter what elements they choose to use or what path they take a turn onto.

Whether it be slow or fast, punk rock or ska, or serious or humorous, it is obvious that Patent Pending creates the type of music that they want to. They pour their hearts out and things end up sounding inspiring, honest, and rock solid. The diversity found on the album just shows exactly how these young guys are not afraid of taking risks. Between their wacky sense of humor, creative imaginations, and immensely tight playing, something special is truly created. Seeing as the band is anything but ordinary, the future looks awfully bright for them. It seems as thoguh they will continue to try out untouched paths and go places plenty have strayed away from. Playing it safe is obviously a phrase these Long Island rockers have not choose to obey, as they have pretty much ignored the conventional, nothing new to the table, painfully standard and cliche debut record some many bands in this genre seem to put out. Do not be confused; as this band is not some odd experimental project, rather they stand apart from those in their genre as opposed to the general field of music. Regardless, at such a young age with a positive attitude, and energized members, Patent Pending is a name that will soon be familiar to a much wider audience. Their fuse is on fire and it is only a matter of time until the Patent Pending bomb explodes.

Final Rating: 4/5



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kno_kontrol
July 25th 2006


448 Comments


I havent heard this yet, but I caught a bit of their set at warped tour and what I saw was :thumb: Ill definitely be checking this out soon.

The Sludge
July 25th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh you stupid fucker, I put this up to eventually do this. Great job though.

ToWhatEnd
July 26th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why thank you sir. Go check out this band now those into pop punk and or some humor.

liebherk
July 29th 2006


164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was at that show. And I was on the stage when it broke.

=]

ToWhatEnd
August 3rd 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good times there! And they are coming back the 26th, same stage = w00t. Coding fixed yet again.

The Sludge
August 3rd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I effing missed them at the Warped Tour. I got excited when they announced they were going to play July dates, but I effing missed them.

ToWhatEnd
August 3rd 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah bummer, luckily I think I will end up seeing them twice this month, the 10th at Warped and the 26th at Six50 Fest.

ToWhatEnd
September 2nd 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I missed them at Warped, if they even played. I didn't see them on the schedule but oh well because they owned at Six50!!! So much fun, and they shot a video for This Can't Happen Again which is quite hilarious.

labonza01
November 24th 2006


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i just saw them a few days ago, they were opening for zebrahead along with tokyo rose and authority zero. Their live show is fantastic. i actually think that their songs sound better live. i'm not sure why, but during one of their songs, they started to sing the milkshake song, london bridge, and something else, it was awesome. They are real crowd pumpers, that's for sure. I actually bought this album from their guitarist, joe.

ToWhatEnd
November 24th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

YES. Patent Pending is incredible live. If they tour their asses off which I believe they are in the process of they will be huge by next summer.

labonza01
November 24th 2006


546 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice to know that we knew them before they were huge, right? i'm proud of that.

ToWhatEnd
November 25th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It is funny because to me they are almost huge. When I first started following them which was a year and a half ago they were just a name pretty much, no record label or anything. So to actually see their record at Best Buy its like WHOA! So for me they are almost huge, at least comparing them now to when I first heard about them. But seriously I give these guys another year and they will be giant. Than we will look back and feel super cool :lol:

The Sludge
November 26th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I've discovered them through a comment left on a crappy myspace band page just over a year ago. For some reason I decided to check them out and fell in love with the songs they've had. We the cool crowd. :smoke: I saw the video for "This Can't Happen Again" on mtv.com and was quite shocked.This Message Edited On 11.26.06

OttosArmy44
August 26th 2011


12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A guilty pleasure. Awesome live shows.



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