We interviewed vocalist Joe Ragosta from American rock band Patent Pending to discuss their UK tour, pop-punk revival and their surprise reveal on April 17th.
You’re about to embark on a UK tour. Are you excited, or nervous? Or both?!
Never nervous, always excited!!! It’s been a full year since we’ve been in the UK for a headlining tour. This is the longest we’ve ever stayed away since we started touring there in 2012! We can’t wait to get back out on the stage and go nuts with our UK Second Family!
Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to visiting? You’re from the USA, so is this like a bit of a holiday for you?
The UK has become a second home for us. I honestly think that I go to the mall in Manchester more than I do the mall in my own town here in America. I have a little bit of a routine of regular places I like to visit in each city. We’re going to Swansea on this tour and we’ve never been there before so I’m excited to see what that part of Wales is all about. I like to get to new cities and just walk, hoping that I’m going in the direction of something awesome.
We see you have a Leeds date on the calendar, which seems to be the closest date to us. Is this a city you’ve played in before? You played a date in York itself last year, would you like to come back and play for us sometime?
I think this will be our 9th show in Leeds, I love it there so much! We had a great time in York last year, though. The Shambles blew my mind. I was staring at them for a good 15 minutes. We’d love to and are planning to come back to York sometime in the near future.
We’ve heard that you have some big surprises for this tour. Can you give us a hint about what to expect?
I’m not allowed to spill the beans on what we will be unveiling on the 17th of April at the first show of the tour, but I can say that I think all Patent Pending fans are going to love it! We spent a ton of time working on this and we’re all really proud of it. STAY TUNED FOR THE 17th!!!
You’re playing at the Teddy Rocks Festival at the end of April. Do you have any other U.K. festivals lined up? We’re surprised you’re not at Slam Dunk, you’d fit in well on the bill!
We’re amped up to be a part of Teddy Rocks this year! Our friend Tom Newton from The Bottom Line is the creator of the festival. The whole weekend happens to benefit a foundation founded by Tom’s family to raise money for the fight against children’s cancer. Tom’s family lost his little brother Teddy when he was only 10 years old to a very rare form of bone cancer. We’re excited to come together with so many amazing bands to do what we can for such a great cause! We don’t have any other festivals in the UK on the books for this year. We’ve played Slam Dunk Festival before, we loved it and we can’t wait to do it again sometime soon! Awesome bands this year!
Your last album Riot Hearts Rebellion was released in 2015. Have you been working on a new one, and if so, what can you tell us about it?
We’re always always always working on new music. All I can say is everything that we’ve been working on lately is more of a return to harder rock. Not sure when it will take shape as an actual release, but it’s always exciting to work on new songs.
There’s been a bit of a pop-punk revival recently – is that something that has affected you guys? Do you see it as a good thing, or are there too many bands doing that now?
I think any time friends get together to create music, regardless of the style, it’s a beautiful thing. Trends come and go, but the true songs written and sung from the heart will always break through and get heard. It’s an exciting time for independent music because now more than ever people have the technology needed to record and create new and exciting material without the tremendous financial overhead that used to burden burgeoning artists. There will always be stylistic trends, but that’s never really bogged us down before. We do love us some pop-punk though, so it is cool to hear new takes on a classic style.
Were the first two waves of pop-punk something that particularly influenced you as a band? We guess you’ve almost crossed over to the other side now, with your music being seen as influential to a new group of fans and bands.
Of course we were influenced by the classic pop-punk scene! We grew up in New Found Glory mosh pits and spent all of our days obsessing over bands like Green Day, Blink-182, and Bowling For Soup. We have been lucky enough to see some new bands garner some influence from our music and it’s always an honor to be seen as an inspiration. I think what we internalized and emulated most from the classic bands and what we hope we are inspiring in new bands is a mentality of fun and love for the scene. It’s very easy to get caught up in the money and cool-kids club side of the music business, but it’s the bands who are there for the love of the music and the community that last the longest and have the most fun.
We noticed you have some up-and-coming bands from the genre supporting you on this tour, including Eternal Boy, Boy Jumps Ship, and Sweet Little Machine. Were you fans of those bands before organising this tour, and what do you look for in a support band?
We are so excited to have Eternal Boy, Boy Jumps Ship and Sweet Little Machine opening up this tour! Eternal Boy are forever friends from here in the states that we’ve grown up playing shows with and we’re so excited to be the first to bring them to the UK. We’re certain that the UK scene will absolutely adore them and fall in love with their band. Boy Jumps Ship is one of our favorite bands ever both personally and musically! We were lucky enough to have them open up last years tour and we’re so happy that we can have them back again. In my opinion, they are one of the best bands that the UK has to offer. Sweet Little Machine is an awesome band that opened up one of the dates on last year’s tour. They won us over with their live show and we’re pumped to have them be a part of this one.
Any last words for the fans?
APRIL 17TH, APRIL 17TH APRIL 17TH!! Be ready.