Patent Pending

Pop-punk outfit Patent Pending (aka the P-Unit) formed in Mount Sinai, New York (on Long Island), with the mantra "We mosh because we care" held close to their collective heart.

The group comprised vocalist Michael Ragosta, guitarist Joe Ragosta, bassist Drew Buffardi, and drummer Anthony Mingoia, though each lovingly adopted "Pending" as their last name. They took their exuberant live show across the country for a few years, playing everywhere from coffeehouses and basements to side stages on the Warped Tour and Bamboozle to opening for the likes of Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. Along the way, Patent Pending self-released two albums in 2004, ...Is Your Biological Father and Don't Quit Your Day Job, in addition to putting out two DVDs, 2003's Drop and Give Me 20 and 2005's Bring It On. The quartet signed to We Put Out Records in early summer 2005 and hit the studio with producer Joe Pedulla (Thursday, We're All Broken) manning the controls. (The Ragosta brothers are cousins with Pedulla, who is also Thursday guitarist Steve Pedulla's brother.) The resulting full-length, Save Each Other, The Whales Are Doing Fine, hit stores in June 2006. 2009 saw the release of the Attack of the Awesome!!! EP, followed by a second EP, I'm Not Alone, in 2010. The band's sophomore long player, Second Family, dropped the following year, and spawned a hit with "Dance 'Til We Die." Brighter, the group's third full-length outing, arrived in 2013, followed by a U.K. tour with Bowling for Soup. The band moved to independent label Rude Records for their next two studio outings, the digital-only Armageddon EP and the full-length Riot Hearts Rebellion, both of which dropped in 2015. ~ Corey Apar, Rovi

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