Introducing: Jesse Jo Stark


LA-based Jesse Jo Stark makes compelling, guitar-noir songs that draw power from across the stylistic map.

Stark works in a world of gently psychedelic 1960’s pop, spooky indie folk and reverb-heavy garage converging, conspiring and coexisting while covering everything in her own sinister Gothic shade. Stark’s new single ‘Rot Away’ offers an intriguing glimpse into this world. The strobing darkness and light that plays at the centre of ‘Rot Away’ makes for an almost otherworldly character, with an overriding sense of unease. ‘Rot Away’ opens with twanged guitars and persistent rock-steady beats before contorting, obscured by all manner of noise and spooky tones with brief hints of sonic clarity as Stark’s stunning smokey voice rises above the flickering tones and textures. Meanwhile, ‘Wish I Was Dead’ is another bolt of gothic-toned rock ‘n roll sorcery. Revolving around an explosive hook and addicting raucous riff, ‘I Wish I Was Dead’ like ‘Rot Away’, is given it’s final shroud of gothic darkness by Stark’s seductively smoky delivery. Two compelling and thrilling cuts of strobing darkness and light.

Listen to the two tracks below now and Jesse Jo Stark heads out on an 11 date USA tour with The Vaccines in October, before a 12 date UK tour in November with Sunflower Bean.

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