STandART: 2007-2008

Corrosion spent 6 weeks at No.1 in the chart of the biggest Latvian alternative radio station NABA, becoming one of the most successful songs at Radio NABA in 2007. The recently founded Latvian Music Channel (LMK) provided wider exposure to STandART videos. Corrosion entered and also topped some of the radio and e-radio charts in Lithuania and USA. In April 2007, Corrosion was included in the compilation by American radio Dark Horizons. The single received several good reviews by European electronic music magazine. The critics underlined that, even though the musical direction of the band is clear, STandART manages to achieve a very special sound.

Meanwhile, STandART were looking for a new co-producer, and it resulted in a new collaboration with Kaspars Tobis from the rock band Dzelzs Vilks. The main studio works were moved to Sigulda Sound Studio (SSS). In May 2007, STandART released its 5th maxi-single Seven Times, and the new collaboration with Kaspars Tobis instantly proved to be successful. Seven Times also became one of the most popular songs of 2007 at Radio NABA. Seven Times video entered the rotation of Latvian Music Channel and MTV Baltic.  The maxi-single featured a couple of remixes and videos, as well as two songs made together with another artists. Small Fish was made together with Polish artist Hien, and the song also got its video. The track 61, made together with Estonian artist Reix became one of the most demanded songs at STandART concerts. During the summer, STandART took part in several festivals in Latvia and Estonia.

In the first days of September 2007, STandART published the new digital single for the Latvian media – Kā Citi Dzīvo (How The Others Live) -, which repeated the success of the previous singles and also topped Radio SWH New Artists Chart Priekšnams for a couple of weeks.

In September 14, 2007, in collaboration with the independent label Gauja Records, the first full-length STandART album Australia was released. It was followed by Australia Tour across the Baltic States and Poland. The album sales turned out to be positively surprising, and it was also nominated for the Best Debut 2007 at the Latvian Music Awards.

In October 2007, a few days after the band’s concert in Warsaw, Poland, the band’s guitarist Juris Tipa moved to Mexico. STandART played a few gigs as a trio again and then invited the old friend from Skrīveri times  Modris Matisāns to join the band as a guest guitarist. However, soon Modris moved to study in Sweden.

In June 2008, a new double maxi-single My Holiness/Australia with remixes and videos was released. Original versions of both songs were already available on the album Australia. My Holiness featured a guest musician Mārtiņš Links on vargan. Mārtiņš was known as a former member of the bands Depo and Pasaules Gaisma. In August 2008, STandART played a couple of concerts, and Mārtiņš Links debuted on the stage as the new STandART’s new guitarist in Siauliai, Lithuania. A week later Kalvis also joined Mārtiņš’ neofolk band Ēnu Kaleidoskops as a synthesizer player.

On August 30, 2008, a day before DE/VISION concert in Riga, STandART organized the pre-party and performed a mix of their own and DE/VISION songs with DE/VISION members in the audience (Camouflage received a similar welcome in 2006). A couple of months before, STandART had made a remix for the DE/VISION song Life Is Suffering.

In September 2008, STandART performed together with Ēnu Kaleidoskops and the Estonian band Forgotten Sunrise in Riga and Liepaja. Meanwhile, Seven Times was included on a CD of the British gothic culture magazine TWF along such bands as Christian Death, Zombie Girl (ex-Icon of Coil), L’ame Immortelle etc.

Afterwards, STandART made a break from concerts and focused on composing songs for the new album. Several of the new songs were played live already at Christmas 2008. In January 2009, STandART started the recording of the second album with Kaspars Tobis in Sigulda again.