Long Island, NY pop-punk quintet Patent Pending's frontman Joe Ragosta fills us in on loving the band's "out of control fans," why winning this competition may come down to being a true "battle band," and that one time he hung out on an ice cream truck with Hanson.
Describe your sound and your audience in your own words.
Our fans are out of their minds, as is the band. It's this weird place where status doesn't seem to matter and just a weird community where everybody, no matter what they look like, or what clique they're from or what music they listen to outside of Patent Pending, all these people just come together and just party. And I don't mean that in like the Ke$ha type of party. I mean like a celebration of all things awesome every time the band gets together with our crazy, crazy out of control fans.
Tell us about your first gig ever -- just how awkward was it?
It was the most awkward, terrible, waste of time for anybody that came. And we couldn't have been happier. Afterwards, we were like, "Alright, we're famous now." My brother was in the band at the time and he didn't want to play any instruments and he didn't want to sing anything. His job was to sit on stage - he ate fruit cups while we were playing. None of us knew how to play our
instruments. Somebody may have taken their shirt off at one point. [The set] was like 11 Blink-182 covers, four MXPX covers, a Nirvana cover, five Green Day covers.
What's the strangest thing anyone has ever said about your band?
Our band is weird because in certain cities, I guess, we're a huge band. People really think that we're famous and people know about us. But most of the places we go, we couldn't get arrested if we tried -- no one knows who we are at all. So we played this huge college show where we were billed as one of the big bands. And I guess the girl who wrote the article for the school paper didn't know about our band because she was from out of town. So she wrote, "The semi-famous (I guess) Patent Pending will be joining our stage for Spring Fest." We actually read that and dedicated at least three minutes on stage to talking about it and reading it out loud.
Why should you win this competition?
I mean if you want the God's honest truth, I checked out all the bands that made it this far, and I don't know that we should win it. All these bands are awesome... But, I guess if we were to win, it should be based on the fact that we are a battle band. We battle for every single piece of everything that we have. We started with nothing. Absolutely no knowledge of what we were doing. And we bought a van and we left home because the venues at home wouldn't let us keep playing after we were so bad. We hit the road and we learned how to play and we learned how to write songs and we accomplished a lot of cool things.
What's your next project?
We're leaving for a nationwide tour with Bowling For Soup. If we win Battle of the Bands, we're playing the Billboard Awards. Then after that, we've got Warped Tour coming up this summer. We're doing probably half of it or a quarter of it and then we're expecting to head overseas in the fall.
What's the weirdest thing to ever happen to you on tour?
We were on this tour called the Bamboozle Road Show with America's sweethearts, Hanson, and they were a difficult band to meet on the tour because you know, it's Hanson. I was starving, there wasn't any food in Houston that was open. I heard an ice cream truck so I jumped out and went to it and when I got there' they were at the ice cream truck and I hung out with Hanson. We ended up doing a choreographed river dance routine. Together. With Hanson. Like Zach, and Isaac, and Taylor. It was 3 a.m. in Houston outside of a venue there downtown. There's footage of it on our YouTube page.
If your band had to come up with a plan for total world domination in the next 10 seconds, what would it be?
Ice cream, pizza, and oh my god, I got this. Wait, Nutella flavored ice cream and pizza mandatory breakfast, lunch and dinner. Because who can be pissed off at each other if they're eating that for all of their meals? I imagine that's the closest thing to world peace that we can possibly come to.
Interview by Sarah Maloy