Patent Pending is far from a nostalgia act. They're pretty much a completely different band than they were four years ago and they still release new music on a fairly regular basis.
Oh are they? I didn't realize!
A couple of things -
First, is four years ago an important benchmark...? Everything since Save Each Other...
has felt more like an amalgamation of new stuff I need to familiarize myself with in order to have a full show experience.
Second, please forgive me if you fall into this demographic and disagree with me, but for most
people in this 18-25 y/o age group that grew up on Long Island as the band came up through backyards and church basements, they currently are and always will be a nostalgia band. Second Family
isn't a record for kids who still gripe about the horn-less version of "Cheer Up Emo Kid", it's for the younger teenagers who are hopefully going to be able to help the band elevate to the mainstream.
The whole reason me and my friends still love Patent Pending is that even though a track like "Douchebag" was written by a transformed band for a different audience, those guys are still going to play "She's a Ho-Ho-Ho..." and accidentally start playing the opening sample too early 4 or 5 times during the set, they're still going to pull out "MC Hammer Is Playing the Bamboozle" at least a couple times during a show back home, and they'll never forget to take a break to let all the sweaty smelly been-dancing-for-an-hour people in the crowd how much they matter. Why can't that be nostalgia?