"PUTTING PUNK AND PROTEST BACK INTO THE MAINSTREAM!" - THE GUARDIAN
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, Japan - and soon the USA - by storm.
For a world grown exhausted of Simon Cowell’s X Factor synth-pop, there’s a raw emotional honesty to Brit punk sensation Louise Distras that might be too incandescent, all too real. Trumpeted as the natural successor to Billy Bragg, Joe Strummer, "the UKs answer to Joan Jett" is "putting punk and protest back into the mainstream!" says The Guardian.
“So good, so truly punk rock” is the word on Louise from Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes), but Louise insists: “I don’t view myself as a protest singer, I view myself as a young woman passing on a message for the next generation.” And that message is spelt out vividly on her newly released, critically acclaimed debut 'Dreams from the Factory Floor', featuring Jamie Oliver (UK SUBS) on drums and Mick Talbot (Style Councl/Dexys) on keys. 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. It’s a vivid, poetic, relevant and relatable portrait of a kind not often seen in music these days; at least not in mainstream channels overrun by vacuous sex and an anodyne vocabulary. Here is the story of a thousand disenfranchised young people, laid bare in viperous and vitriolic song. Everywhere you look on this record, the downtrodden and dispossessed are raised up, championed, supported and urged to keep fighting and the fact that it’s a belting, melodic thrash, as well as a statement of solidarity and a call for change, simply makes it all the more powerful.
Since the release of her highly critically acclaimed debut 'Dreams from the Factory Floor' Louise has toured Canada, mainland Europe and the UK, performing at festivals such as Glastonbury (Leftfield Stage), Bearded Theory, Rebellion, Tolpuddle Martyrs, and venues such as O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, sharing stages with the likes of Billy Bragg, Mick Jones (The Clash), New Model Army, Stiff Little Fingers, Television, UK SUBS, Steve Ignorant (Crass), Tim Barry, Kevin Seconds, Street Dogs, US Bombs, Cocksparrer, The Mahones, and praised by BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, XFM, KROQ (USA), Inter FM (Japan), Big Cheese, Vive Le Rock, The Independent and many more along the way.
Following 2014's highly successful 'Street Revolution Tour', Louise Distras started the new year in true punk rock style when she revealed her 2015 touring band lineup to an unsuspecting sold out capacity crowd at London's iconic 100 Club. Stay tuned for 2015 UK, EU and USA tour dates coming soon!
- louise distras