Date: April 18th, 2013
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Lacey / Erik Chandler
Spring is finally here, and with it comes the sun. Brighter days call for brighter music, and what music is brighter than that of the colourful genre of pop-punk? Now, there are some big names in pop-punk, not to mention a fuck tonne of smaller acts too, but without a shadow of a doubt, Patent Pending are one of the greatest underdog bands of the genre. Over the last 12 years, they’ve been hard at work, making a name for themselves and now they’re finally here, in the UK, for their own headline tour.
Opening the show are local lads, Lacey (****), whose blend of alt-pop-rock is well received by all. Strong vocals, great songs and a cheeky cover of Ellie Goulding‘s ‘Anything Can Happen’ win over the crowd almost instantly. There are, however, one or two issues regarding their sound. For example, the drums are way too loud and over powering and the guitars are a tad over distorted, drowning out some solos.
Tour co-headliner and Bowling For Soup bassist, Erik Chandler (****), and his backing band are met by woops and cheers as they takes their place on stage. Musically, the night takes a more rock and roll turn with Erik‘s nicotine laced voice belting out the fruits of his latest solo endeavour. The crowd love every minute of the performance, from the full on rock cover of ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding’ to the tender acoustic rendition of ‘Christina’. Though there’s a few awkward pauses here and there, Erik and his band still put on an excellent show.
Now, it’s time to talk about Patent Pending (*****). As soon as the band get stage, they’re bouncing around like Flubber on a pogostick. Every second of this gig is fun-filled and memorable, you have a solo-mo mosh pit to an acoustic version of ‘Spin Me Around’, a cover of The Big Bang Theory theme that mocks their tour manager, Dave, a chance to be a pirate for a few songs. It had it all. Put it this way, what other gig have you been too where the whole crowd is wanking off an invisible cock within the first five minutes of the show?
However, it’s all silliness and fart jokes, there are some real moments too. Towards the end of the set, Patent Pending take a moment to reflect on the tragic suicide of their friend. Now, usually I find this kind of thing is out of place at a gig, but it doesn’t feel like that at all, instead allowing you the chance to see these guys are honest to god people, not just entertainers. During the encore, the band deliver the whole “This is the most awesome night” schpeel that every band does but, again, this is a genuine compliment and you can tell they mean it from the bottom of their hearts, especially as frontman Joe Ragosta sheds a tear over his gratitude.
If you’re going make an effort to see any band ever, make it this one. Even if you haven’t heard of them or know any of their songs, they’ll go out of their way to make sure you have the time of your life at their gig.
Written by Andy Roberts