Ever since she matriculated from the fashion world some four years ago, Jesse Jo Stark has been searching for a sound to match her look. Which is (in her press release’s words) “glam ghoul goddess.” The daughter of Richard Stark and Laurie Lynn (of the lifestyle brand Chrome Heart), Stark worked under the production hand of the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones on her debut EP back in 2014. She’s come a ways since then, as her fall residency last year at the Echo showed. The past six months, Stark wrote with Dan Taylor, guitarist of the rock ’n’ soul outfit The Heavy near that band’s headquarters of Bath, England. Upon returning to L.A., she recorded a new (as-yet-untitled) EP for a June 1 release.
After releasing three singles last year, “Fire of Love” is Stark’s first of 2018. Co-produced by Taylor and Stark’s guitarist, Thomas Hunter, it’s a tenement fire of guitar and percussion that wouldn’t be out of place in the next homage to the film “Pulp Fiction.” “I wanted to write an anthem with a lady stomp,” Stark says. “It tells the story of [loss], but it’s empowering and fearless. The woman knows just what she wants from it. Musically, it represents the moment everything clicked between myself, Dan, and Tom. It’s magic.”
In addition to the EP, Stark is planning to release a full-length this fall.
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