James meet up with Patent Pending’s frontman
Joe Ragosta before their show at Birmingham Academy
with Bowling For Soup. He’s a lovely chap
and here’s what we talked about.
have just released your new studio album ‘Brighter’
how has it gone down with your fans and the press
It’s going great so far. We couldn’t
be happier with the reception, it’s been
such a great time our community which we call
our second family.
did you find working on ‘Brighter’
compared to your previous albums?
This one was more of a battle, actually no more
of an epic battle. It was supposed to take 3 weeks
and it ended up taking 8 months. We went through
every high and low that a person can go through
mentally and physically, it was bizarre but awesome.
themes and stories do you covering within the
songs of ‘Brighter’?
I think a lot of it is us coming to grips with
the fact that this isn’t what we do but
who we are. The song which starts the album is
an a cappella song called “There was a time’’
and that song is about when I personally fell
in love with music. It was exciting to get that
out and then the song ‘’brighter’’
which is the title track picks up a story where
the song ‘’one less heart to break’’
and the song ‘’second family’’
left off. ‘’One less heart to break’’
deals with depression and suicide and this song
is about people who beat that depression and get
to the other side.
are currently on the road touring with Bowling
For Soup in the UK how have the shows been so
The shows have been crazy beyond our wildest imagination.
We did this tour last year with them and it was
maybe half this size and it was insane but this
one has this insane energy where it seems like
everyone in the room want’s to have that
last party with Bowling For Soup.
there been certain shows on the tour that you
have been looking forward to play more than others?
You’re going to think I’m lying but
tonight, I look forward to Birmingham so much.
We look forward to places like Sheffield and Manchester
as well but last year this place was just bonkers.
After that we came back for a co headlining tour
with Eric Chandler and Birmingham was sold out
and it was nuts.
you have now just released a new studio album
how have you found picking a set list for the
On this tour we had a song that we didn’t
expect to do as well as it has called ‘’Hey
Mario’’, we knew it was hilarious
but we didn’t know if the rest of the world
would get on board with it. So far I think it
has already received about 500,000 which is exciting
for us, so we’ll definitely be playing that.
We also want to play ‘’One less heart
to break’’ or ‘’Second
family’’ so we can express that emotion
which we believe in in this band. We also want
to play ‘’Douchebag’’
because it’s hilarious (laughter).
the past 12 months you have hit the UK a lot to
support Bowling For Soup, embark on your own headline
tour and also to play the Download Festival, is
it starting to feel like a second home now and
what do you love most about touring the UK?
It’s definitely beginning to feel like a
second home, the reception that we’ve received
has been amazing. I’m starting to like the
food which was a fight but I’m finally doing
it. The key is just to not order something that
I would order at home and then I can’t be
upset (laughter). The thing I enjoy the most about
coming over here is that people over here really,
really enjoy music. In America it’s a little
bit of a fashion show and about who knows who,
whereas over here it’s just about is that
song good, yes or no.
would you say your biggest highs and lows as a
band have been so far?
I think our band is too dumb to get frustrated
and we’re too dumb to ever quit, so the
things that would usually cause a band to break
up, we’ve already been through. Instead
of looking at things like oh my god this could
be the end we look at things like shit this has
happened again? Ok now let’s deal with this.
There are definitely highs and lows, like for
the most part we’re always broke but the
highs like being able to tour and things like
that definitely outweigh the lows.
is the best thing about being in a band?
The best thing about being in a band is that you
don’t not have to be in a band (laughter).
I look at some of my friends who have gone on
to get proper jobs and I would never be able to
do that in a million years. It’s also fun
to always be around your friends and be able to
express yourself artistically and emotionally.
do you have planned once your current tour comes
to an end?
We have a video for our new single ‘’Let
go’’ coming out on Monday and then
after that we’ll return home and do some
shows in America including our annual Christmas
tour. In April we’ll be back in the UK playing
some shows with Jared’s other band ‘’People
do you hope to see Patent Pending in a year’s
One of the guys in the room: The moon
Joe: The moon? Yeah that sounds good, maybe we’ll
be the first band on the moon, which is the name
of The Cardigans record with ‘’Lovefool’’
on it, it’s a great album. Hopefully we’ll
be here doing the same thing, just rocking and
rolling and doing what we love doing.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
I’m not trying to rehash a kindergarten
joke but I think I’d rather be a zebra because
if you were a giraffe and you had a sore throat
it’d be really painful (laughter). I’d
probably be a giraffe because they can see everything.
for your time is there a message for your fans
Hey thanks for reading this guys and check us
out at www.patentpendingmusic.com and check out
the new video that we’ll be releasing soon.
Interview by James Daly