The Long Island-based pop punk quartet Patent Pending -
also known as P-Unit - are four members of the Pending
clan - Michael on lead vocals, Joe on guitar
and backup vocals, Drew on bass, and Anthony on
drums. Their dishes of turbo charged punk fare, urgent vocal reels,
and darting rhythmic pistons give the songs fanciful décor,
loads of zest and beads of animated stanzas. The songs encourage
full bodied vocals alight with self-expressions indicative of
Get Up Kids and Down To Earth Approach. The injections
of punk and screamo in the vocals manifest an urgency in the mix
and produce a major workout in the music tides.
The punk provisions on "Los Angeles" are so effective
that the hits on the song at purevolume.com broke records. The
stylized punk punches and urgent vocals rove in unison, generating
a twister force. The super charged guitar gusts on "This
Can't Happen Again" parallel intervals of pouncing drum rolls.
There are breaks in the track to invite audiences to sing along
to the verses when the number is performed live. P-Unit's songs
have a theme of creating openings for their audience to participate
in the singing, like in the cheerful ditty "The L-Town Shakedown"
which draws listeners easily into its vocal flounces.
The prancing fizzles of the trombone kilt a bedlam of guitar
skids that careen through "Decemberween." The vocal
harmonies crisscross the main vein of vocals in an electrifying
verve. The solemn prologue of guitar and vocals on "Lights
Out In Mississippi" segue into animated rushes expounding
of drum strikes and racing guitars. "Demo For Dayna"
explores deep throat vocals along wailing instrument lines. The
song pleads and implores with screamo vocal circuits making deep
creases in the melodic lines.
"Cheer Up Emo Kid" displays cheery vocal self-expressions
and uptempo instrumentation, actually cramming in all the parts
on the outro. The upbeat pounce of "Sleep Well My Angel"
creates bucking punk-ribbed guitar trestles merging with the punk-enriched
vocal dribbles. The swooning '50s rock sway of "The Safety
Of Sleeping In" turns the tide to more classic froths, but
returns to the punk sullied vocals and guitar slips on "The
June Spirit." At the end of the disc is a mast of perky synth
spurts and cymbal clips. A very jovial piece that is descriptive
of Patent Pending's personality - animated and light hearted.
P-Unit have opened shows for Taking Back Sunday and Brand
New and played live on FUSE TV's Daily Download. They played
at SXSW's music festival and on the Vans Warped tour in 2006,
and their momentum is still building.
1. Los Angeles
2. This Can't Happen Again
4. Lights Out In Mississippi
5. Demo For Dayna
6. Cheer Up Emo Kid
7. Old And Out Of Tune
8. Samantha The Great
9. Sleep Well My Angel
10. The Safety Of Sleeping In
11. The L-Town Shakedown
12. The June Spirit
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