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AINARS MIELAVS and Gints Sola decide to form the band in 1987. Both of them are also the only remaining band members from the original line-up. During these years JAUNS MĒNESS has almost grown into a real orchestra - there are seven musicians with occasional appearances by guest artists.
JAUNS MĒNESS was the first and only Latvian band (or artist) of the post-Soviet period to win the prestigious and still popular Sopot Music Festival. This happened in 1991; in the fall of the same year the band visited United States for the second time and performed on such legendary stages as CBGB’s in New York, METRO CABARET in Boston and 1st AVENUE in Minneapolis. All of these venues have been graced by practically all the great Rock’n’Roll heroes of our time, from The Rolling Stones to U2. The most popular video by JAUNS MĒNESS is Piekūns skrien debesīs (When Falkon Soars), since 1992 regularly demonstrated on MTV Europe and French Music channel MCM.
Speaking about the musical style of the band - Art Troitsky, a prominent rock critic has once called it the most impressive if not the only example of Baltic rock - alluding to similarities with the world famous Celtic rock.
JAUNS MĒNESS is also unique having released the largest quantity of albums of all Latvian artists during the last decade, both in LP and CD formats.
 

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