If you only watch one mockumentary about a video game-themed band today, make it Mario and the Brick Breakers - which you will find in the replies. The guys in Patent Pending put a ton of work into it, and it totally paid off. You can also grab the Mario and the Break Breakers: Greatest Hits EP on iTunes or Amazon.
The members of Patent Pending have spent the last six months creating an elaborate, fictitious band called Mario and the Brick Breakers. Their EP, Mario and the Break Breakers: Greatest Hits, is available now on iTunes. Head to the replies to watch a trailer for the upcoming documentary about the band's rise and fall. They'll also be releasing five music videos, so stay tuned.
Listen to a new Patent Pending song titled "There Was a Time" in the replies. It's the intro from their new album, Brighter, which is due out October 8th. You can hear samples of all the tracks on Amazon.
Patent Pending will release Brighter on October 8th. The artwork can be found in the replies.
1. There Was A Time
2. Shut It Down
3. Let Go
4. Hey Mario
7. All-Star Hipster
8. Classic You (featuring Jaret Reddick)
9. The Whiskey, The Liar, The Thief
10. Falling Out Of Love
12. Spin Me Around (bonus track)
You may have noticed a glaring omission from Patent Pending's Spring Break '99 EP. Sure, they covered such classic artists as Limp Bizkit, Backstreet Boys and Smash Mouth, but when I think of music from 1999, Blink 182's Enema of the State is the first to come to mind. Rather than choose one song from the pop punk classic, Patent Pending recorded a medley of all 12 tracks. Due to legal complications, the band is giving the song away for free. Head to the replies to stream and download the medley.
Patent Pending's Spring Break '99 - an EP of cover songs from the year 1999 - is now available on Amazon and iTunes. It features covers of Backstreet Boys, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Limp Bizket and Lit, and it's every bit as awesome is that sounds.
Update: Listen to their piano ballad rendition of Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff" here.
Bowling For Soup, Patent Pending and The Dollyrots will release a three-way split entitled One Big Happy! on September 25th. Each band covers one another in addition to contributing a new original song. Listen to samples of the tracks here.
Patent Pending made their live television debut last week by performing on the Billboard Music Awards, and they're keeping the momentum going with a new music video. Head to the replies to watch their video for "I Already Know (She Don't Give A Shit About Me)," which features a ton of fun internet/mobile references. The song comes from the band's latest album, Second Family, which you can still stream on their AP.net profile.
Update 3: Tune in to the Billboard Music Awards tonight (Sunday) on ABC to catch the band performing live! They will be on somewhere between 10-10:45 EST.
Update 2: They won!
Update: Voting is now live.
Patent Pending are in the finals of Billboard's Battle of the Bands. You'll be able to stream the show and vote live tonight starting at 11pm EST/8pm PST here. If they win, the band will perform live at the Billboard Music Awards - so be sure to vote.
Bowling For Soup, Patent Pending and The Dollyrots will release a split CD in which they each cover one of the other bands' songs as well as contribute a new, original track. The three groups will also be touring the UK together in October, so expect the split to be out around then.