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Lyric-driven bluesy, grungy rock with a country flair. Sleaze rock from the underground music scene in New York City.
"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 STARKs 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
Band/artist 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.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
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.
Your musical 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!
What equipment do you use?
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 STARKs 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 STARKs 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): CGBGs Cutting Room Don Hills Arlenes Grocery Continental Club Midway Meow Mix Ottos Shrunken Head Knitting Factory Kennys 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√Ęs 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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