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The Curse

by Stark

We call it Punk-try--in your face lyrics with darkly sweet vocals, nasty guitar and dirty grooves.
Genre: Rock: Riot Grrrl
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cryin' In The Mornin'
2:10 $0.99
2. Look At Me
2:27 $0.99
3. Slut
1:59 $0.99
4. Couldn't Wait
3:24 $0.99
5. Wrong Guy
3:02 $0.99
6. You Don't Matter
4:00 $0.99
7. White Trash Rock & Roll Diva
4:35 $0.99
8. Somewhere
4:07 $0.99
9. Beautiful Mistake
3:57 $0.99
10. New Leaf
2:58 $0.99
11. The One
3:57 $0.99
12. Summer Girl
3:19 $0.99
13. The Curse
6:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Singer/songwriter/bass player, Lani Ford leads the band STARK with Sonic Joe Hogan on guitar, and Eric Robel on drums. STARK leaves you asking "Did she just say...?". This is NOT whimpy chick crap!

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

Eric Robel--drums
Intense look, big sound.

Sonic Joe Hogan--guitar/engineer/co-producer
The definition of shred.

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 wailing on his Les Paul, with his wild hair flowing and blowing around. 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 Robel is rocking out the drums with a solid stare, like he just might barrel over the drum set and start 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 hard rock, 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 spent a year and a half kicking around together at open mics and playing together in a couple of other bands. STARK then formed and 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. With a growing support base, international airplay, and sheer determination, Lani welcomed Josette and Sweet Rob Endemann into the fold. In 2006, STARK became harder and more punked out with fun, dark, groove-based songs that will blow your dress up and released Put It To Your Head available on www.cdbaby.com/cd/laniford. Since then, Josette left the band and Rob became a father and left NYC so the engineer of both albums, Sonic Joe Hogan, has joined in on guitar bringing his friend Eric Robel from Nova Express and Heroin Sheiks to join the fold.

“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

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!


"Put It To Your Head" LP, released January 2008
Tracks with airplay: 18 Again, OH NO, Disturbed, Reliably Disappointing Relationship (R-D-R), I Pay (Man In The Moon), Dreams Come True, Co-Dependent, Nothing's Wrong

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

"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:

Apple itunes
Virgin Megastore
Subterranean Records and Cds
Bleecker Bob's
NYC Hardcore Tattoos


ASCAP Songwriting Award 2007 (Lani Ford)
ASCAP Songwriting Award 2005 (Lani Ford)
ASCAP Songwriting Award 2006 (Lani Ford)
Featured Artist on Treblenation.com 2007

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.


The New York Waste Magazine
The New York Post
The New York Daily News (Featured 2006)
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


WBAB's Homegrown show with Fingers (Long Island, NY)
WGBB (Long Island, NY)
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


WNYW, Fox 5-TV (New York City)
Mark After Dark (NY)
Mango TV (NY)
Vidocity (NY)
Indigo TV (NY)
ILR (Australia) INTERNET:

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


Fillbilly--"Cryin' in the Mornin'" (2007)
Zombie Cult Massacre (Lani Ford co-wrote “I’m Evil”) 1996


Indie Limelight Show (Indie Artist Radio)
Crystal Blue Radio
Local Music Now Radio
Podrama (DJ Burnout)
'nette radio (Dallas)
Roots Rock Radio
Indie Music Explosion
Radio X
Radio Gets Wild (UK)
Music-Islands (Japan)
Wild West Rocks Radio

“’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


CMJ 2005
Battle of the GoGirls 2006
Girls Rock and Girls Rule 2006
GoGirls Invasion of SXSW 2007
Payback I and II, 2006 (Strike First Music Corporation)
Trainwreck 2007 (SFMC)

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


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

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

NEW YORK CITY CLUBS (selected few):

Don Hill’s
Arlene’s Grocery
The C-Note
Meow Mix
Otto’s Shrunken Head
Knitting Factory
Kenny’s Castaways
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


Amsterdam, Netherlands
New York State
New Jersey


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

ASCAP (Kicking and Screaming Music)

On "THE CURSE", Dylan Grewen played guitar and wrote White Trash R & R Diva, Greg Schiff played drums, Lani Ford played bass, sang and wrote the 12 remaining songs.



to write a review

Gordon Bond

Raunchy, Sweet, Sneering, Soulful...Great!
I should have known Lani Ford and Stark would be difficult to quantify. I only just became aware of the band after some chance small talk with Lani who was tending a bar my girlfriend wanted to check out in NYC for the tacky tiki decor. The CD mix she had going ranged from Motorhead to Janis Joplin. So it probably shouldn't have come as any surprise that Stark's CD, "The Curse" could be equally described as raunchy, sweet, sneering and soulful. The sound hovers somewhere between punk, country, blues, pop, folk - never quite settling on any one for long enough to become cliche. There's some very solid musicianship and production value, yet there's also a "garage band" feel that makes it sound like you're getting in on the ground floor of something about to break bigger. For my personal tastes, the tracks from six on are my favorites. Less shock-value punk and more articulate yet never losing that defining raw edge that ties it all together. Brutally honest and real - worth the time to listen!


I love STARK. Lani Ford rocks my world. I want more. xooxoxxoxoxo
I love STARK. Lani Ford rocks my world. I want more. xooxoxxoxoxo