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"STARK rises far above any female fronted punk rock band we've heard because Ford and company push the paper-cutting envelope so far that your tongue bleeds with the pleasure of honest raw rock and roll. The result is exaltation in the effort. So refreshing."--earbuzz.com

STARK is a New York City rock trio with old school roots and original tunes! They make purgatory fun by sleazing up the NYC rock scene embracing their bad luck and traumatizing people everywhere they go! Slinging poetic hillbilly angst dipped in sleazy underground NYC rock.

Lani Ford--Lead vocals, bass
3 time ASCAP Plus Songwriter Award winner.

Eric Robel--drums

Sonic Joe Hogan--guitar/engineer/co-producer

DISCOGRAPHY:

"Put It To Your Head", Release January 26, 2008
Tracks with airplay: 18 Again, OH NO!, R-D-R, Disturbed, Nothing's Wrong, I Pay, Co-Dependent
Available on http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laniford, http://www.digstation.com/stark and iTunes

"The Curse" LP, released May 15, 2004
Tracks with airplay: Cryin' In The Mornin', Somewhere, White Trash Rock & Roll Diva, Summer Girl, Look at Me, Beautiful Mistake, Slut, The One
Available on http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/starknyc and iTunes

"The Morgue The Merrier", LP, Poptown Records (2005)
Compilation CD of New York City Bands--featuring STARK’s song "Slut"

"Live at CMJ", EP, limited release 2005

"Lani Ford Acoustic Live", EP, limited release 2006


Visit http://www.myspace.com/stark

View STARK's EPK
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Why this name?
When Lani was in college she secretly showed some songs to a friend who called them stark.
Do you play live?
STARK plays all over New York City at places like Continental, Don Hill's, CBGB's, Fontanas, Delancey, Arlene's Grocery, and Otto's Shrunken Head. We love it!!! And we LOVE being on the road. We were in 3 Texas towns in March 2007. In New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania and the UK in 2008.
Band History:
The original members of STARK recorded on "The Curse": Lani Ford, plus Dylan Grewen played guitar and sang backup. Greg Schiff played drums...usually with no pants on. On "Put It To Your Head" which was released in January 2008: Lani--bass and vocals, Sweet Rob Endemann--drums and backing vocals, Josette--guitar, Pam the Metal Queen Grande--guest vocals, Sonic Joe Hogan--engineer, mixed, co-produced. We also thank Mikey Rat, Gass Wild, Dan Styx, Fernando Rosario, Sebastian Gass Wild, Josette and Jonesy for stepping in for our various musical needs over the past 5 years.

STARK toured in Texas in March 2007 and The UK March 2008
STARK is now Lani Ford and Sonic Joe Hogan. Sweet Rob is with us until July 2008 when he has a baby and moves to Florida. Eric Robel is in training to step into the drummer position.
Your influences?
Sizzling guitar leads, strong bass grooves, honest and poignant lyrics with huge vocals. The Pretenders, Blondie, Dead Boys, Hole, Liz Phair, PJ Harvey, Garbage, Breeders, Marianne Faithfull, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Linda Ronstadt, Sass Jordan, Beth Hart, Patti Smith, Alanis Morisette, 10,000 Maniacs, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Memphis Minnie
Blues, punk, metal and country!
Favorite spot?
Don't know yet...so far, Amsterdam.
Equipment used:
Marshall guitar amp, Gallien-Krueger bass amp. Les Paul guitar, Fender Precision bass with La Bella flatwounds, drums
Anything else...?
STARK
starknyc@hotmail.com www.sonicbids.com/stark www.myspace.com/stark
www.cdbaby.com/cd/starknyc www.cdbaby.com/cd/laniford
www.digstation.com/stark www.youtube.com/starkband

Biography
"STARK rises far above any female fronted punk rock band we've heard because Ford and company push the paper-cutting envelope so far that your tongue bleeds with the pleasure of honest raw rock and roll. The result is exaltation in the effort. So refreshing."--earbuzz.com

STARK is a New York City rock trio with old school roots and original tunes! They make purgatory fun by sleazing up the NYC rock scene embracing their bad luck and traumatizing people everywhere they go!

Well, yes, there was the topless incident at Piano's, the smoking fiasco at Grand Central Bar, beer poured on body at Lucky Cheng's, the Boston brawl at 169 Bar and the shattered bottle as Pyramid, but all in all STARK's rowdiness is nothing compared to the in-your-face rock and roll the band pours out of it's soul at every show for every audience member every time! The sparse arrangements and honest lyrics will make you laugh, cry, dance, drink and get nasty. Influenced by blues, country, punk and metal, STARK can't be labeled as easily as most, but they play straight-up rock and roll, mostly described as Pretenders meets Patti Smith or Blondie mixed with The Ramones. More modern references include The Kills, The Distillers, Courtney Love and The Breeders.

STARK blasted onto the NYC scene in 2003, Before that, Lani Ford (lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter of STARK), with original members Dylan Grewen and Greg Schiff, spent a year and a half kicking around together at open mics and playing together in a couple of other bands. In 2004, the band recorded its debut CD "The Curse", instantly making fans out of big players in the NYC rock and roll scene and beyond from Lenny Kaye to Genya Ravan. STARK then played the NYC club scene for 5 years with various line-ups but Lani always out front, busting up the norm and lifting hearts everywhere with her dirty, intelligent, harsh, honest, and funny lyrics and huge voice.

STARK just released their sophomore record "Put It To Your Head" in January 2008. The Hogan engineered/co-produced and Josette played guitar. Lani and Rob are the rhythm section with backing vocal help from Rob and Pam the Metal Queen Grande. "Put It To Your Head" is harder, more punked out, and has fun, dark, groove-based songs that will blow your dress up!

DISCOGRAPHY:

"Put It To Your Head", Release January 26, 2008
Tracks with airplay: 18 Again, OH NO!, R-D-R, Disturbed, Nothing's Wrong, I Pay, Co-Dependent

"The Curse" LP, released May 15, 2004
Tracks with airplay: Cryin' In The Mornin', Somewhere, White Trash Rock & Roll Diva, Summer Girl, Look at Me, Beautiful Mistake, Slut, The One

"The Morgue The Merrier", LP, Poptown Records (2005)
Compilation CD of New York City Bands--featuring STARK’s song "Slut"

"Live at CMJ", EP, limited release 2005

"Lani Ford Acoustic Live", EP, limited release 2006

FILM:

STARK's song "Cryin' in the Mornin'" has been released in the independent feature film "Fillbilly"(2007)
Lani Ford co-wrote a song featured in the horror film "Zombie Cult Massacre" (1998)

TV:

WNYW, Fox 5-TV (New York City)
Kitchen Nightmares/FOX (Josette)
Manny In Manhattan (NYC, MNN Ch. 57)
Be Yourself As Well As Art (MNN, NYC)
Mark After Dark (NY)
Mango TV (NY)
Vidocity (NY)
Indigo TV (NY)
ILR (Australia)

RADIO:

Total Rock FM (London, UK)
Sirius Radio (Chicks and Broads with Genya Ravan on Underground Garage)
Sirius Radio (Jim Breuer show on Raw Dog)
Sirius Radio (Goldie's Garage with Genya Ravan on Underground Garage)
WBAB's Homegrown show with Fingers (Long Island, NY)
The Drop Zone/KTWL-FM (Houston, Texas)
WGBB (Long Island, NY)
ISON LIVE RADIO (ILR), Australia
WXPK (Westchester, NY)
WDTS in Georgetown, DE (CMJ/Top 30)
WRPI in Troy, NY (CMJ/Loud Rock report)
College/non-commercial radio: Cuts from "The Curse" can be heard on over 50 stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia

**STARK has also been receiving college radio airplay on:

WHRB in Cambridge, MA
WFWM in Frostburg, MD
WUNH in Durham, NH
WDCR in Hanover, NH
WCDB in Albany, NY
WITR in Rochester, NY
CHRW in London, Ontario
WKDU in Philadelphia, PA
WUSR in Scranton, PA
WMSS in Middletown, PA
WRKC in Wilkes-Barre, PA
WCHL in Wilkes-Barre, PA;
CKUT in Montreal, Quebec
WRIU in Kingston, RI
WDTS in Georgetown, DE (reported CMJ/Top 30)
WVUD in Newark, DE
WMHB in Waterville, ME
WMPG in Portland, ME
WNTI in Hackettstown, NJ
WARY in Valhalla, NY
WNYU in New York City
WSIA in Staten Island, NYC
WUSB in Stony Brook, NY
CKCU in Ottowa
WESU in Middletown, CT
WPKN in Bridgeport, CT
WXAC in Reading, PA
WWUH in West Hartford, CT
WMFO in Boston, MA
WTCC in Springfield, MA
WKDT in West Point, NY
WRPI in Troy, NY (reported to CMJ/Loud Rock report)
WRUV in Burlington, VT
WHUS in Storrs, CT
WMUA in Amherst, MA
WSMU in Dartmouth, MA
WERU in E. Orland, ME
WRUR in Rochester, NY
WFSE in Edinboro, PA
WXVU in Villanova, PA
WECS in Willmantic, CT
WRSU in New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers)
CIUT in Toronto, Ontario
WKPS in University Park, PA
CIBL in Montreal, Quebec***

INTERNET:

Bolt.FM
The Big Red One
Next Big Hit
Street Blast
The Drop Zone (KTWL.com)
Zing! Flip! Squash! (Waterplanet Radio)
Indie Limelight Show (Indie Artist Radio)
www.wnyu.org
Crystal Blue Radio
Local Music Now Radio
Podrama (DJ Burnout)
'nette radio (Dallas)
Roots Rock Radio
Radio X
Radio Gets Wild (UK)
Music-Islands (Japan)
Wild West Rocks Radio

AWARDS:

ASCAP Songwriting Award 2007 (Lani Ford)
ASCAP Songwriting Award 2006 (Lani Ford)
ASCAP Songwriting Award 2005 (Lani Ford)
Featured Artist on Nextcat.com, April 2008
Featured Artist on Feast of Noise.com, March 2008
Top 25 Rock Artist on Overplay.co.uk (UK, March/April 2008)
Top 30 Pop Punk Artist on My Music Stream.com (2007/2008)
Top 10 Artist on Ourstage (2007)
Top 100 Artist on Ourstage (2007/2008)
Featured on The Musician's Auction Open House Blog (April 2008)
Featured Artist on Treblenation.com 2007
CMJ/Loud Rock report 2004
CMJ/Top 30 2004

PRESS:

Sound-check Magazine (UK, March/April 2008)
Bubblegum Slutzine (UK, March 2008)
The New York Daily News (page 3 feature)
The Big Takeover Magazine (2007/2008)
The New York Waste Magazine
The New York Post
The Deli (NY)
Wildy's World Blog
Halifax Courier (UK)
Time Out London
Punk Globe Magazine (UK, March 2008)
Village Voice (NY)
More Sugar (NY)
San Antonio Express-News (TX)
WNYW, Fox 5-TV, New York
WGBB, Long Island
WPLJ-FM, New York
Go Girls Music Website
Swiss Records Website
Bassgirls Website
WXPK-FM, Westchester
New York Sugarzine
Black Angel Promotions
Horrorwood Babbleon Website

STARK’s CD "The Curse" is available at:

CDBaby.com
Apple itunes
Rhapsody
Virgin Megastore
Subterranean Records and Cds
Bleecker Bob's
NYC Hardcore Tattoos
Bathtubmusic.com
WomanRock.com
iSound
Bitmunk

Put It To Your Head CD available for download on Digstation and itunes and actual CD's are available at CDBaby.com.

NEW YORK CITY CLUBS (selected few):

CGBG’s
Cutting Room
Don Hill’s
Arlene’s Grocery
Continental
Club Midway
Meow Mix
Otto’s Shrunken Head
Knitting Factory
Kenny’s Castaways
Pianos
Snitch
North Six
Trash

LONDON CLUBS:

Dublin Castle
Hope and Anchor
Dirty Water Club
The Dry Bar

TOURS:

UK
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pennsylvania
Upstate New York
Maine
Texas
New Jersey
Long Island

SHOWCASES:

LAMN, NY
Make Music New York
CMJ 2005
Battle of the GoGirls 2006
Girls Rock and Girls Rule 2006
GoGirls Invasion of SXSW 2007
Go Girls Music Fest 2007

CHARITIES:

Habitat For Humanity Women Build SuffolK County
Red Cross
World Society for the Protection of Animals
Caring Bridge (Go Girls Fest 2006)
The Kids Rock
Hep-C Awareness
Blank-Fest X 2006 and XI 2007
Porn4Peace Darfur Benefit 2007
Princeton Hospital June Fete Benefit 2007
Mighty Mutts (Go Girls Fest 2007)

ASCAP (Kicking and Screaming Music)
SAG/AFTRA (Lani Ford)

www.starknyc.com

© 2008 STARK

Instrumentation
Lani Ford--vocals, bass, main songwriter of STARK
Always a native Texan, but a classic New Yorker.

Sweet Rob Endemann--drums
The powerhouse drummer with the big smile!

Sonic Joe Hogan--Engineer, co-producer, touring guitar player

Discography
"Put It To Your Head", Release January 26, 2008
Tracks with airplay: 18 Again, OH NO!, R-D-R, Disturbed, Nothing's Wrong, I Pay, Co-Dependent

"The Curse" LP, released May 15, 2004
Tracks with airplay: Cryin' In The Mornin', Somewhere, White Trash Rock & Roll Diva, Summer Girl, Look at Me, Beautiful Mistake, Slut, The One

"The Morgue The Merrier", LP, Poptown Records (2005)
Compilation CD of New York City Bands--featuring STARK’s song "Slut"

"Live at CMJ", EP, limited release 2005

"Lani Ford Acoustic Live", EP, limited release 2006

May 2004 New York Waste magazine:
Starr Tucker:
STARK featuring Lani Ford has style. Lani has a wonderful deep, sexy voice. This is a knock out CD. Rich and heartfelt that reflects her cool Texas heritage. You can hear a wonderful twang in the painful lyrics. The Curse brings it all home. A definite must in any sound station.

Links
http://www.myspace.com/stark
http://www.starknyc.com
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