From the folks who brought you CENDE & SIRS - please welcome the brand new band DUST STAR to the world (and to Lame-O Records!) From the moment we pressed play on this album we knew it was a certified rocker. It gives us the sugary jolt of a Dirtnap records compilation. So go ahead, Open Up That Heart.
Dust Star was born in the dead of night on Halloween, under the influence of a twinkling desert sky and two tabs of LSD. Justin Jurgens and Cameron Wisch sat with guitars on the floor of the "Caboose", a shipping-container-turned-
For the next two years Jurgens and Wisch drove back and forth between Joshua Tree and LA rehearsing and writing songs. Eventually the chess-obsessed, violinist-savant Oliver Hill joined them on bass and an LP began to take shape. Jurgens had recently befriended Nick Norrman (Banshee, Male Nurses), a recording engineer with a notoriously “punchy-and-crunchy” production style utilizing chaotic nests of wires, dusty mixing boards, and scrounged tape machines. Over the course of a very hot desert summer, they recorded their debut LP, “Open Up That Heart”.
Wisch’s pummeling drums explode out of the gate in the opening track “Nothing In My Head”. The unrelenting groove intertwines with Jurgens’ passionate vocal performance and raw punk guitars with a 60’s sparkle. The songs that follow resemble everything from a bootlegged copy of Neil Young’s “Live Rust” to a glowing Brian Wilson B-Side. “Open Up That Heart” takes a stab at finding hope and love in the face of recent heartbreak, outdated familial expectations, depression, and a world in turmoil.