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Put It To Your Head

by Stark

Garage punk
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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2. I Pay (Man In The Moon)
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3. Dreams Come True
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4. Oh No!
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5. Nothing's Wrong
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6. Co-Dependent
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7. This Day
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8. Reliably Disappointing Relationship (R-D-R)
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9. Disturbed
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10. Butterfly (Acoustic)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
STARK
STARK is a New York City rock trio with old school roots and original tunes! We make purgatory fun by sleazing up the NYC rock scene embracing our bad luck and traumatizing people everywhere we go! The party band with feelings. STARK calls it Punk-try!

Lani Ford--Lead vocals, bass, main songwriter of STARK
3 time ASCAP Plus Songwriter Award winner. Slinging poetic hillbilly angst. Rocking it like a man, selling it like a woman.
Thanks to Josette and Sweet Rob Endemann. The new line-up of STARK is Lani, Joe Hogan and Eric Rock 'n Robel.

Lani Ford (of Fox 5 traffic reporter and WPLJ DJ notoriety…and yes, that's the girl you met at the bar—maybe behind it or leaning on it) is one of those girls who guys want to take home after the gig, but they're afraid she'll write a song about them. She doesn't mind perpetuating that. She also loves to give the other girls in the room a platform to let their wild sides reign free. That alone makes STARK compelling to watch. What makes them a great f-ing band is that the songs are songs, the guitar rocks and the lyrics are more than interesting. Lani laughs, cries, hollers, wiggles, writhes, smokes, drinks, passes out sweets, all the while rocking her P-Bass and singing her ass off. Then, you've got Joe Hogan wailing on his Les Paul and running around the stage like a wild man. He supports Lani, antagonizes her, leads her deeper into her frenzy while playing kick-ass guitar leads that make your jaw drop. In the meantime, Eric Rock n' Robel is rocking out the drums with a big smile and a solid stare, like he just might barrel over the drum set and start dancing or beating on the heads of the sweaty, sexed-up, drunken, stoned audience. Well, yes, there was the topless incident at Piano's, the smoking fiasco at Grand Central 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 f-ing 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 if the B-52's and The Stooges had babies.

Not of woman borne, STARK blasted onto the NYC scene in 2003, Before that, it's 3 original members, Lani Ford (lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter of STARK), 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. STARK then played the NYC club scene for 4 years with Lani always out front, busting up the norm and lifting hearts everywhere with her dirty, intelligent, harsh, honest, and funny lyrics and huge voice. 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 Patti Rothberg to Handsome Dick Manitoba with the music they call Punk-try.

BSTARK's sophomore record "Put It To Your Head" is harder, more punked out, and has fun, dark, groove-based songs that will blow your dress up!

"STARK featuring Lani Ford has style. Lani has a wonderful, deep sexy voice. This is a knockout 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."-- New York Waste

Discography:

"Put It To Your Head" Released January 26, 2008
Tracks with airplay: 18 Again

"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

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

CDBaby.com
Apple itunes
Virgin Megastore
Subterranean Records and Cds
Bleecker Bob's
NYC Hardcore Tattoos
Amazon
TowerRecords

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."

AWARDS:

ASCAP Songwriting Award 2007 (Lani Ford)
ASCAP Songwriting Award 2006 (Lani Ford)
ASCAP Songwriting Award 2005 (Lani Ford)
Featured Artist on Treblenation.com 2007
CMJ/Loud Rock report 2004
CMJ/Top 30 (2004)

The Deli, Summer 2004
"Leading lady Lani Ford, nursing a serious Chrissie Hynde infection, has got an impressive set of pipes. Ranting female orgasm slut speak, she has the kind of mouth that Tipper would love to slap a sticker over. A little bit honky-tonk, from the Lone Star state."-- Maria Schettino

SA Express-News, March 9, 2007
"There's nothing subtle about STARK. Led by Texas-bred, New York-based singer, songwriter and bassist Lani Ford. The trio plays all-out brassy rock. STARK's 'The Curse' includes songs such as 'Wrong Guy' and 'Slut' that won't get aired on commercial radio (or non-commercial radio, for that matter) but will fire up crowds."-- Jim Beal, Jr.

PRESS:

The Big Takeover Magazine
The New York Waste Magazine
The New York Post
The New York Daily News
The Deli (NY)
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
Bassgirls Website
WXPK-FM, Westchester
New York Sugarzine
Black Angel Promotions
Horrorwood Babbleon Website
Earbuzz Website

RADIO:

Sirius Radio--Goldie's Garage with Genya Ravan (Underground Garage)
WBAB's Homegrown show with Fingers (Long Island, NY)
The Drop Zone/KTWL (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

INTERNET RADIO:

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

TV:

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

From Mango-TV's Peter Barnard:
"Check out STARK tonight at CBGB's to hear cool songs about death, pot and fucking."

FILM:

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

"'Explicit lyrics' and 'hard rock' don't begin to cover Stark's full-length CD, 'The Curse'. Scorching guitar licks, screaming yet melodic vocals, and driving bass lines make this an irresistible CD. The CD covers the gamut of feelings a sexually liberated woman feels over the course of a bad relationship from horny to angry to sad to glad-to-be-free. A couple of tracks show the band's softer side and its wide range. Pick this one up if you want to let out your wild child and cruise around with the girls." --GoGirlsMusic.com

SHOWCASES:

CMJ 2005
Battle of the GoGirls 2006
Girls Rock and Girls Rule 2006
GoGirls Invasion of SXSW 2007
Go Girls Music Fest 2007

Licensing:
Octobertunes (Canada)
Pump Audio (USA)

Distribution:
www.Zoomoozik.com
Turmic Records (Sweden)

Summer 2004 New York Waste magazine:
"CD Release parties! The best one so far, this year, has to have been for STARK's new release, The Curse. Lani Ford bounced back from an emergency appendectomy with energy and life to spare, giving a really burning performance. If Debby Harry had been there she could have satisfied herself that the rock music she believed in was in good hands."—Mighty Aphrodite

March 2004 New York Waste magazine:
STARK, fronted by the tremendous Lani Ford, was a wet and down deep, dirty-sweet sound experience."—The Mighty Afrodite

SPONSORS & ENDORSEMENTS:

Sam Ash
GoGirls Music
Woman Rock
Bass Girls
Girls Rock and Girls Rule
Rock Star

NEW YORK CITY CLUBS (selected few):

CGBG's
Don Hill's
Arlene's Grocery
Continental
Club Midway
Meow Mix
Otto's Shrunken Head
Knitting Factory
Kenny's Castaways
Pianos
Snitch
Scenic
Tobacco Road
Hogs & Heifers

More Sugar, March 2007
"In a nutshell, if you combine Joan Jett and Shania Twain and a dash of NYC attitude, you have Lani's vocals. Meanwhile, Josette with her Les Paul just plays some of the best licks I have heard."-- Bob Schaffer

TOURS:

United Kingdom (upcoming)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
New York State
New Jersey
Long Island
Maine
Texas


CHARITIES:

Habitat For Humanity
WSPA
Women Build SuffolK County
Red Cross
Caring Bridge
The Kids Rock
Hep-C Awareness
Blank-Fest X 2006
Blank-Fest XI 2007
Porn4Peace Darfur Benefit 2007
Princeton Hospital June Fete Benefit 2007
Mighty Mutts

BANDS (or members of bands) WE'VE LOVED SHARING THE STAGE WITH:

3 Kisses
The X's
Statues of Liberty
Bantam
New Professionals
I.C.U.
Warrior Soul
She-Wolves
Lenny Kaye (of Patti Smith Group/Nuggets)
Patti Rothberg
Dougie Needles and Thommy Price (of Joan Jett's Blackhearts)
Sammi Yaffa (New York Dolls, Hanoi Rocks, Mad Juana)
Syl Sylvain (New York Dolls)
Joy Rider
Gin Blossoms
Billy Ficca (Television, The Waitresses)
Richard Lloyd (Television, Duncan Sheik)
Ellen Foley (Meatloaf)
J.D. Malo and Honey 86%er (Cycle Sluts from Hell, Smashed Gladys)

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

www.starknyc.com

© 2008 STARK


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Chris Rockson

Soundcheck Magazine review of Put It To Your Head
Typical ! I love New York City...I love the place, the food, the buildings, the people, the attitude, the vibe, but most of all, the music scene.
Noo Yoik has, to me anyway, always produced the best bands, and Stark are no exception to that rule. Fronted by the very talented Lani Ford, by day TV personality, by night, hard-rockin' bass player with one of the coolest acts on the scene. 'Put it to your head' is the brand new offering by the band, who also include in the line-up, Josette on guitars {on recording only, now Joe Hogan} and Sweet Rob Endemann on the sticks. The subject matter of the songs is complex and deals with life issues, love, drug addictions, dreams and just about every emotion available to your average person.

Track Listing :
18 Again
I Pay [ Man In The Moon ]
Dreams Come True
OH NO!
Nothing's Wrong
Co-Dependent
This Day
Reliably Disappointing Relationship
Disturbed
Butterfly

Opening chords of '18 Again' just make me wanna strap on a Les Paul, crank up the Fender Twin and join right in with them! Josette certainly rocks out with the best of 'em, with a sound reminiscent of Johnny Ramone's wall of sound, but with a delicate side as well. The lyrics aren't just your average 'throw-away-garden variety' too, they are well thought out, catchy Power Punk at its best. '18 Again with Malicious Intent, so many stories I don't need to invent' kinda sets the scene here. 'Dreams Come True' has possibly the greatest line ever written - 'Kelly ended up with the guy Kate was S'posed to marry, they have a little black dog and a brand new baby, Kate lives uptown in her high-rise apartment, she does alright as a mid-priced Dominatrix...' wonderful!

The CD slides into the darker side of life with the matserpiece that is 'Co-Dependent' which delves deep into the agony and ecstasy of true love and relationships with someone that is unable to help themselves and ultimately it falls apart. 'He needs drugs, and I need him' kinda tells it all. There is an underlying sarcasm in some of the songs, witty and creative. 'Reliably Disappointing Relationship' keeps the theme with its ' I dig, our reliably disappointing relationship, we just get drunk and talk to everyone else all night'...ever experienced that?

The best track is always a hard one to pin on any collection of songs, but if I had to choose, it would be the 'suzi Quatro'-alike 'Disturbed' with its 'if you like drinkin' drivin' say Yeah, YEAH!' chorus and ramrod guitars. This would be quite easily the song that gets any crowd whipped into a frenzy! The CD ends on a light note with the excellent 'Butterfly' hammered out on an acoustic, again dealing with personal loss.

The band have just completed a short UK tour to promote the CD, and we caught them at two of their London shows. Look out for that in next month's Soundcheck, and for readers in NYC, look out, they're headed back real soon with some shows in the city!

Well recommended listening!

Wildy's World

There's nothing like a show
What is a mild-mannered traffic reporter to do? A certain amount of angst builds up delivering the same messages of gridlock day-in and day-out in a major metropolitan area such as New York. Stark leader Lani Ford takes out her frustrations on the New York City Indie scene with great effect. Stark’s 2nd studio release Put It To Your Head evokes Courtney Love at her finest as well as the finely tuned angst of Green Day. Ford is joined for this release by guitarist Josette and drummer “Sweet Rob” Endemann. The sound morphs from CBGB era Punk to straightforward rock without losing a single identity, which is quite an accomplishment.

“18 Again” is a fun romp that will get your feet moving and looking for the pit. “I Pay” is the track that most evokes Courtney Love, and is a highlight. Other highlights include “Nothing’s Wrong”, “This Day”, “Disturbed”, and the acoustic version of “Butterfly”. The secret if Stark is that if strip away the amplifiers and attitude, they can really play and sing. This is a very talented young power trio who with the right breaks are destined for big things. Check them out, and if you’re in the city go see a show!

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