We are standard

Antes de editar su primer disco, We Are Standard ya habían ganado varios premios por la calidad de sus maquetas y habían despertado el interés de sellos y medios. Con él afianzaron con claridad su directo, con más de 150 conciertos con un disco de debut y viajes a Europa para actuar en algunos festivales, además de editar el disco en Francia o USA. En España reciben el premio Ojo Crítico de Radio Nacional de España a la mejor banda del 2006.

Con su segundo disco ganan el premio al Mejor Grupo Español dentro de los MTV Awards, algo inusual para un grupo de una independiente, y lo recogen en Berlin en una ceremonia al más puro estilo MTV. El disco recibe críticas de la más diversa índole, pero de nuevo apasiona un directo que les mantiene durante más de dos años en la carretera, con saltos a varios festivales en América. Con algún premio más a sus videos (también la nominación a los Premios de la Música) y mucha tinta vertida sobre su paso por los escenarios siguen girando y girando con un obejtivo: conectar con la gente y hacerles bailar. Varias publicaciones hacen que We Are Standard ocupen su portada, Mondosonoro e Inspiral pop entre ellas, que entienden su mensaje y mentalidad. Uno de los conciertos mas festejados del grupo tiene lugar en el Festival FIB de 2009 cerrando el escenario principal tras Oasis y creando una clara comunión entre público y grupo.

También son protagonistas de la banda sonora de un avión decorado por Custo.

En 2010 se edita un disco de remezclas con participantes como John Talabot, CFCF, David E. Sugar, In Flaganti, etc… El disco además se publica en Reino Unido, donde criticas de medios como The Clash, Music Week, Mixmag, etc. lo destacan por su frenesí dedicado al baile. También Japón y países Europeos ven como su disco ocupa las estanterías y tiendas digitales.

A finales de 2011 llega "Great state" (mini-LP de 5 canciones), una rave con guitarras, ritmos rompepistas y riffs con olor a clásico, melodías eternas y arreglos que las multiplican por mil, presentadas en directo con sección de vientos y coros gospel. Se publica también en Reino Unido, en donde medios como Q Magazine, The Guardian, Metro o Nylon los señalan como abanderados de la nueva escena pop española.

En abril de 2013 llega "Day", su paso de gigante hacia un sonido 100% WAS, con producción de Eric Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Hercules & Love Affair, The Juan Maclean, Free Energy) y la colaboración de Emmanuel Lundgren de I'm From Barcelona (co-autor de un track). En la portada, el "Vesuvius in eruption" de Joseph Wright, cedida a Mushroom Pillow por la Tate Modern de Londres.

Su gran versatilidad les lleva a hacer -también en 2013- cosas como actuar con un ballet en el Palacio Euskalduna, poner banda sonora a un corto de Paco León, versionear a los Clash en directo, actuar como DJs y llevar la residencia de un club una vez al mes, colaborar con los txalapartaris Oreka TX y el productor Alex Ferrer en el single 'Something bigger'...

Hedonismo y diversión.
 

 

Before releasing their first album, We Are Standard had already won a number of prizes for their quality demos, arousing the interest of record labels and the media alike. The album was a small step forward in terms of recording, but it was their live performances which were most clearly boosted by it, with more than 150 gigs from a debut album. These gigs included trips to Europe to a number of festivals and a record release in France and the USA. In Spain We Are Standard also received the prize from Radio Nacional de España, Ojo Crítico (Critical Eye), for the best band of 2006.
Their second album led to We Are Standard winning Best Spanish Band at the MTV Awards, something unusual for an indie group, collecting the award at a ceremony in Berlin in the purest MTV style. The record received mixed reviews, but once again the band’s live performances were thrilling, keeping them on the road for more than two years and leading to appearances at a number of festivals in America. More prizes for their videos followed (as well as a nomination for the Premios de la Música in Spain) and a great deal of ink has been spilled over those gigs. We Are Standard carry on touring, moved by one goal - to connect with the public and get people dancing. Several music magazines have given the band front cover billing, such as Mondosonoro and Inspiral pop, both of which understand their message and mentality. One of the group’s most celebrated concerts took place at the FIB Festival in 2009, where they rounded off events on the main stage following Oasis, striking up a clear rapport with the public. They are also responsible for a soundtrack of an airplane decorated by Custo.

They continued their success in 2010; they were caught up in live performances and the production of a third video, as well as a remix album with artists such as John Talabot, CFCF, David E. Sugar, In Flaganti, etc… The album was released in the UK, where reviews by music magazines like The Clash, Music Week and Mixmag highlighted its loco dance values. The record has also found a place on the shelves and digital stores of Japan and other European countries.

At the end of 2011 came “Great State” (5 new songs), a rave with guitars, dance-hit rhythms with the smell of classic riffs, eternal melodies and arrangements that are multiplied by a thousand, presented with a live horn section and a gospel choir. They have also now been published in the UK where media sources such as Q-Magazine, the Guardian, Metro and Nylon mark them as leaders of the new Spanish pop scene.

2013. Finally, they release "DAY" on the 2nd of April.
Recorded and produced by Jon Aguirrezabalaga and Xavier Eguia at El Tigre Sounds Recording Studio in Bilbao. Mix and additional production by Erick Broucek (LCD Soundsystem, Hercules & Love Affair, The Juan Maclean, Free Energy), and with the collaboration of Emmanuel Lundgren (I'm From Barcelona) in the composition of "Only Neon".  
On the cover, the painting "Vesuvius in Eruption" by Joseph Wright, licensed to Mushroom Pillow by the Tate Modern in London.

In 2012, their versatility also led them to things like a ballet in el Palacio Euskalduna, make a short soundtrack by Paco León, play live covers of the Clash, act as DJs, perform at clubs once a month, and collaborate with Oreka TX (musicians famous for their use of the ancient instrument “txalaparta”) and producer Alex Ferrer (producer for Delorean) in the single “Something Bigger”…


Hedonism, fun and a sense of communion - We Are Standard has it all in one.
 

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