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Bold, brainy and ballsy, Louise Distras represents nothing less than the rebirth of British punk; reinvented for a new generation. She’s taking the UK, Europe, Canada – and soon America – by storm.
For a world grown exhausted of Simon Cowell’s X Factor synth-pop, Louise might be too incandescent, all too real. But you know what? She couldn’t care less. Louise Distras has been called “the new face of working class punk”, and trumpeted as the natural successor to Billy Bragg and even Joe Strummer. But she insists: “I don’t view myself as a protest singer, I view myself as a young woman passing on the message for the next generation.”
And that message is spelt out vividly on her newly released, and globally critically acclaimed debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor. The tracks are twelve clenched fists full of fury aimed squarely at consumer society, sexual discrimination, and the ‘chosen few’ who run society in their own interests. ”I promote working class unity because our rulers operate by the time-honoured ruse of divide and rule,” she says. “…because if we’re fighting against each other, then we’re not united and pointing the finger at those in power – holding them accountable for the crimes that the ruling class are committing against all of us.”
On International Women’s Day, she set out to “empower young women” by releasing her debut single ’The Hand You Hold’. It was angry, pointed and “an anthem for female empowerment”, asking the media: ‘Who are you to say/we should look this way?’ “I’m sick of the way women and young girls are reduced to stereotypes and exploited”, says Louise, who is proud to be putting the purpose back into pop.
Praised as “the only new generation punk artist to catch the eye of the mainstream press since the Sex Pistols!”, Louise has garnered much attention from The Guardian and the BBC who said Louise is “putting punk and protest back into the mainstream!”
Last summer saw Louise Distras trading songs with Billy Bragg at Glastonbury Festival, supporting New Model Army, UK SUBS and touring mainland Europe with Street Dogs, US Bombs, Cocksparrer and an extensive Canadian tour with The Mahones – you can bet your last fiver that you’ll be seeing alot more of this talented song-smith in the not too distant future. Most likely hitchhiking, guitar slung over her shoulder on the way to a town near you!