Raised on a diet of Bob Dylan, Nirvana and the Sex Pistols, Louise Distras whips up a storm of passionate punk'n'roll, conjuring up a mix Kathleen Hanna and Roy Orbison as she channels her anger, hopes and fears into anthems of love and fury on her debut album 'Dreams from the Factory Floor'.
Louise's path from hardship to heart-felt anthems began when she ran away from home, aged 16. Armed with a guitar and the few chords she knew, she decided to play music for anyone who would listen. Her unshakeable belief that "Music can change the world" is underlined by her own story, because it certainly changed hers. In 2015, 'Dreams from the Factory Floor' was released worldwide to critical acclaim. Produced by Steve Whale (The Business) and featuring Mick Talbot of Style Council the album balances propulsive, old-school punk anthems with assertive, socially-aware folk-punk.
Following her debut LP, Distras released hard-hitting new single 'Aileen' as an appetite-whetter for her soon-to-be-released sophomore album. Driven by Distras's hooky guitar melody and heated, hoarse-throated howl, Aileen blends a 60s British Invasion girl-group sound with more contemporary, crunchy power pop. The track received airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and KROQ. The track also featured on the Hugs for Chelsea online benefit album for whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The compilation premiered on Rolling Stone, it also included tracks from Tom Morello, Thurston Moore, and Against Me.
Over the past four years, Distras has performed across the UK, mainland Europe and USA. She has also performed at Glastonbury Festival, Slam Dunk Festival, Punk Rock Bowling and Frank Turner's Lost Evenings. She's shared stages with Mick Jones (The Clash), Billy Bragg, Buzzcocks, The Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and The King Blues.
Kerrang! named her 'Star of 2017' saying "Louise Distras is the most exciting voice in UK punk right now!". While the undeniable quality of Louise's music stands her in good stead, her perceived status as a protest singer is up for debate. Growing up as a young working class woman in a post-Thatcher era, these songs and poems reflect that environment, she says. The gatekeepers of the music industry have tried to call these protest songs, which is a label that I don't understand because I'm just passing on my experience as a human being growing up in these apocalyptic conditions of unemployment and apathy. You have to wonder why someone simply speaking their mind is considered a protest in the first place, you can be sure Louise will carry on saying what she thinks and feels in 2018, as she plays her part in what she describes as "the street revolution". The artistic call to arms has begun, and from humble beginnings, Louise Distras is leading from the front!
"The one woman sound of revolution!" - Kerrang!
"Putting punk and protest back into the mainstream" - The Guardian
"The female Frank Carter, the Brody Dalle of the North of England; She's original, humble and articulate, with a voice that can give you goosebumps and a kick in the ct at one fell swoop. Distras is the TITS!" - Trash Magazine
"Given the Frank Turner stamp of approval Louise whips up a storm of passionate, political punk'n'roll, somehow conjuring up both Kathleen Hanna and Roy Orbison." - John Kennedy, Radio X
"Alternative rock's best kept secret" - Team Rock
"The UKs answer to Joan Jett!" - Rodney Bingenheimer, KROQ
"Illegitimate daughter of the eternal Patti Smith and Billy Bragg, niece of The Clash icon Joe Strummer, sister of Frank Turner!" - A New Friend
"Big electric punk anthems for yet another let down generation, and a seering lyrical clarity from the gutter looking at the stars" - John Robb, Louder Than War
Support from The Pearl Harts and The Baby Seals
The Pearl Harts are "Tiny tiny girls that looked like giants on stage... all you can think to do is ask them out for ice cream - and all they want to do is wreck your house and firebomb your car...."
"Loud, blues-driven rock music which thrills and appalls... The Pearl Harts have a visceral quality which is difficult to deny - CLASH MAGAZINE
The Pearl Harts Warrior princesses glowering beneath spirit-level fringes, their seismic brand of heavy blues channels Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and trail blazing use of loops and samples. early interviews have evoked the unguarded lip of Courtney Love TEAM ROCK
"How effing good are The Pearl Harts" Gemma Cairney - BBC RADIO 1
"Bruising guitar licks and balls of steel with the girls exhibiting their no holds barred style of incinerating rock n' roll..." - ARTROCKER
"The two girls in The Pearl Harts kick ass.. they push out an unimaginable amount of noise for only having two people in the band..." - THE 405
The Baby Seals write head-bobbing empower pop songs. The 3-piece hale from Peterborough and Cambridge .