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Posted on March 14, 2008

We were featured on www.radiogetswild.com in the UK twice this week and have some overseas press coming soon. Genya Ravan has also been playing the crap out of "18 Again" on her show Chicks and Broads on the Underground Garage Channel on Sirius Radio. You can listen online for 3 days for free at www.sirius.com. Check www.goldiesgarage.us for the schedule. Love ya! From Wildy's World Blog: http://wildysworld.blogspot.com/2008/02/review-stark-put-it-to-your-head.html Stark – Put It To Your Head 2007 Kicking and Screaming Music 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 of Stark is that if you 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! Rating: Buy It Soon! You can learn more about Stark at www.myspace.com/Stark or www.starknyc.com. You can purchase Put It To Your Head at www.cdbaby.com/cd/laniford. Wildy Haskell Wildy's World wildysworld.blogspot.com FROM SWISS RECORDS: Stark ist die Band um Lani Ford, die sich ansonsten als Verkehrsreporterin beim Sender Fox 5 ihre Brötchen verdient. Stark ist möglicherweise eine Art «Ausgleich» zu ihrem Job? Auf «The curse» merkt man dem Trio, zu dem auch Dylan Grewen und Greg Schiff gehören, einen Punkhintergrund an, obwohl der nicht durchwegs dominiert. Die dreizehn Songs sind roh, kurz, spartanisch, kommen schnell ohne Federlesen zur Sache (gilt auch für die Nicht-Punk-Songs). Das Trio erinnert zuweilen an Legal Weapon, die frühe Patti Smith oder X. Leider rocken nicht alle Songs so aufregend wie «Look at me» (So viele Männer aber meine Finger machen es in 30 Sekunden: Selbstbefriedigung und so), «Wrong guy» («Look at me» verwundert da nicht mehr) oder «White trash R&R diva». Und wenn sie dann mal nicht rocken, sind leider auch nicht alle Songs so tiefgreifend wie «Summer girl» oder das bedrückende «The curse».--Robert Pally, Swiss Records Translation (by Elke Nominkat): Stark is the band around Lani Ford who otherwise brings home the bacon as traffic reporter for Fox 5. Stark is possibly the "balance" to her daytime job? On "The Curse" one can tell that the trio - Dylan Grewen and Greg Schiff are also part of it - comes from a punk background, which isn't always dominating though. The thirteen songs are raw, short, spartan and get to the point immediately (this goes for the non-punk songs as well). At times, the trio recalls Legal Weapon, the early Patty Smith or X. Unfortunately though, not all songs rock as exciting as "Look at Me" (so many men but my fingers do it in 30 seconds: masturbation and such), "Wrong Guy" (no wonder that there's a song like "Look at Me") or "White Trash R&R Diva". And if they're not rocking, their songs are sadly not as radical as "Summer Girl" or the oppressive "The Curse". Lani Ford was all over the February New York Waste: P.3—Wicked Sweet!!! Cunning Stunts photo by Lucky Lawler P16-17—STARK CD Release Party spread by Frank Wood: "It finally arrived! The long-awaited follow-up to STARK's 'The Curse'. It's called 'Put It To Your Head.' Lani Ford, along with her bandmates Josette & Rob have put out a ROCKIN' CD. It was engineered by Joe Hogan, so you know it's gotta be top notch…Josette showed up 5 minutes before show time but was up on stage and ready to rock and rock she did! This girl can shred on guitar. Rob's drumming and Lani's bass move the songs along the songs' placement in the set made for a thrilling aural experience! Lani's lyrics continue to show different sides of her and keep you coming back for more…Go check them out in your local [bar], while you [still] can." p. 22 Starr Tucker's review: "STARK's new release 'Put It To Your Head' hits with a bang—sometimes hard, sometimes gentle, always rockin'. Streetwise tunes that will have you smiling, raunchy guitars and a kick ass bottom line. This one comes on strong and then goes for broke, the perfect soundtrack to your insane life. Listen up wasties…they've got what you need, when you need it!" p. 31 Blank-fest story by Kenn Rowell: "Next up is another Lower East Side mainstay: STARK. Every year, in describing her band, I run the risk of falling all over myself: I'm so taken by front person Lani Ford's stage presence, songwriting and her band's otherwise tight delivery, Rob Endemann is a good friend (and former Baghdaddio--and I'm damn proud to say that!) His drumming is the glue that holds the whole ship together. And what can you say about Josette on lead guitar? She just leaves the room breathless. Finally, Lani has the unenviable task of not just fronting the three-piece rocker but in providing the fluid bass lines and keeping all the vocals straight. This she does with the ease of a seasoned vet--which I guess, now, she is. Her 'Rock 'n Roll Diva' off their first album 'The Curse' is already an underground Village classic. And from what I've heard of her latest disc, STARK, like a fine wine, continues to get better as time goes by. You would think that a bartending and waitress staff that had heard live music for over 10 hours would have been sick and tired of hearing bands by now. But as a testament to the sound and talent of the group they were clapping along with the near-packed house that had assembled by this point." **************************************** STARK recently received airplay on Radio Gets Wild in the UK, Goldies Garage on Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius Radio, and Nette Radio. Plus they played live on Jim Breuer's show on Raw Dog Comedy channel on Sirius. STARK also got into the top 30 in Pop Punk on My Music Stream.com and Top 20 video on OurStage.com.