One of the hottest AOR bands to emerge from the underground European melodic rock scene, a self-titled debut EP by Hungarian quintet Stardust created quite a buzz. Brought to the attention of Frontiers, the label moved swiftly to sign the band to its roster. Describing their sound, vocalist Adam Stewart states that “we love Def Leppard, Winger, Journey and all the 80’s stuff. We took those influences and mixed it in with our own ‘Stardust’ way of doing things.”
None other than the mighty Mark Spiro (Bad English, House Of Lords, Giant) and Swedish guitar hero Tommy Denander assisted Stardust with songwriting and production for their upcoming debut album, ‘Highway To Heartbreak’.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYO4E4QWkoo&w=560&h=315]
One day I got a note from Mark Spiro, saying ‘Hey man, I found a good song that you would really love, what do you think?’”, explains Stewart. “I immediately listened to the song and it blew my mind! ‘2nd Hand Love’ is a typical Spiro song with a magical atmosphere and a catchy chorus.
I jumped right on it and made a new, modern kinda musical arrangement for the song. A riff-centred verse, a bluesy chorus and a brand new intro part.” That song is now released as the first single from the album.
“Our debut EP got really good feedback from the fans, not only in Hungary, but around the world,” continues Stewart. “I am certain that this album will be enjoyed by even more melodic rock fans thanks to our new co-operation with Frontiers. Stardust plays AOR/Melodic Rock with catchy melodies and lyrics, so Frontiers is truly a perfect home for us!”
Founded by Stewart (lead vocals) and Tim Keeley (drums) in 2015, Stardust is rounded out by Facey (lead guitar and vocals), Dave Legrand (keyboards) and Ben Martin (bass and vocals). Their style is an amalgam of the classic melodic hard rock and AOR genres, with hooky choruses, exquisite keyboards, vocal harmonies and loud guitars in the style of their aforementioned favourite 80’s artists, keeping this beloved music alive for audiences of today.
HIGHWAY TO HEARTBREAK
3 Bullet To My Heart
4 Perfect Obsession
5 2nd Hand Love
6 Shout It Out
7 Can’t Stop Loving You
8 Eye To Eye
9 Hey Mother
10 Blue Jeans Eyes (bonus track)
11 The River Is Rollin’
Adam Stewart – vocals, rhythm guitars
Facey – guitars
Ben Martin – bass
Dave Legrand – keyboards
Tim Keeley – drums