Patent Pending

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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
The musical collaboration of Heavens was born when Josiah Steinbrick ex-F-Minus played some instrumental tracks he had previously laid down to his housemate Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio fame. Excited by the music's potential, they began working together, the latter penning lyrics, and after fleshing everything out with producer Ben Lovett in the studio -- who did an excellent job bringing it all together -- the duo's striking debut, Patent Pending, was complete. Twice removed from the punk dominating their other respective bands, and riddled with the influence of Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and the Sisters of Mercy, the album is a shadowy, somber collection of songs that relies ...
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All Music Guide - Corey Apar
The musical collaboration of Heavens was born when Josiah Steinbrick ex-F-Minus played some instrumental tracks he had previously laid down to his housemate Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio fame. Excited by the music's potential, they began working together, the latter penning lyrics, and after fleshing everything out with producer Ben Lovett in the studio -- who did an excellent job bringing it all together -- the duo's striking debut, Patent Pending, was complete. Twice removed from the punk dominating their other respective bands, and riddled with the influence of Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and the Sisters of Mercy, the album is a shadowy, somber collection of songs that relies heavily on synths and drum programming, and which would serve well as the backdrop to a solitary, midnight stroll through a quiet, misty cemetery. As always, Skiba's brooding sentiments fall in the realm of the murderous, disturbing, and otherworldly. His voice is an absolute perfect match for Steinbrick's dark instrumental musings, singing in a much lower register than the norm for Alkaline Trio. But Skiba in no way carries the whole project himself, as the yin to his yang is the impressive songwriting of Steinbrick, who has provided a canvas of crisp, austere soundscapes that are extremely clean, yet not overly produced. The arrangements are methodical and engaging, whether in the despondence driving the string-laden "Heather," the lively programming and paranormal harmonies of the title track, or the ominous post-punk stalking of "Watching You." As if one really expected any less from this partnering of musicians, Patent Pending is an accomplished album and one of the most rewarding listens you'll find all year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • UPC: 045778682829
  • Catalog Number: 86828
  • Sales rank: 132,071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gardens (3:05)
  2. 2 Counting (3:39)
  3. 3 Heather (3:53)
  4. 4 Patent Pending (3:45)
  5. 5 Dead End Girl (4:58)
  6. 6 Doves (0:56)
  7. 7 Another Night (3:36)
  8. 8 Annabelle (3:53)
  9. 9 Watching You (4:14)
  10. 10 True Hate (5:16)
  11. 11 Leave (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Heavens Primary Artist
Isaiah Owens Organ
Matt Skiba Synthesizer, Vocals, Group Member
Erica Daking Background Vocals
Josiah Steinbrick Bass, Guitar, Noise, fender rhodes, Group Member
Julie Carpenter Violin
Ana Lenchantin Cello
Adam Zuckert Drums
Ben Lovett Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Noise, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
Matthew Compton Percussion, Piano, Drums
Mia Barcia Colombo Cello
Amanda Course Viola
Paloma Udovic Violin
Isiah "Ikey" Owens Organ
Marina Hall Violin
Technical Credits
Matt Skiba Composer
Todd M. Simon String Arrangements
Sam Soto Composer
Josiah Steinbrick Composer
Nick Pritchard Art Direction
Heavens Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ben Lovett Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production
Amanda Course String Arrangements
Tom Baker Mastering
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