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Louise Distras

Louise Distras

Show time: Sunday 9 July - 1.15pm - 1.35pm

"The one woman sound of revolution!" - Kerrang! 

Like the great storytellers and social observers before her – from Bob Dylan through to the Sex Pistols, it is little surprise that Louise Distras is already garnering comparisons to charged songstresses Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, but this British indie songstress is already a woman in a league of her own. Tipped as a Kerrang! Star of 2017, Distras channels her anger, hopes and fears into anthems of love and fury for yet another let down generation.
The British firebrand singer songwriter recently released her brand new single “Aileen” which was Distras’ first new music since the release of her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album “Dreams from the Factory Floor”. Produced by Steve Whale (The Business), and mixed by Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, The Vamps), “Aileen” represents real musical growth and a sonic shift for Louise, being an impassioned radio anthem that steps away from the punk and protest tags of her past and into the rock mainstream. Driven by Distras’s hooky guitar melody and heated, hoarse-throated howl, “Aileen” blends a ‘60s British Invasion/Merseybeat and girl-group sound with more contemporary, crunchy power pop.

Lyrically “Aileen” explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos. It’s a song that sees Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life. The song is living proof – if ever it was needed – that pop music does not have to mean ‘dumbed-down’ or ‘throwaway.’
Says Distras of “Aileen”: "One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary 'Selling of a Serial Killer', which is about 'America's first female serial killer', Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen's story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature VS nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It's called 'Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement' and it's available via scanning a QR code that's printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK."

In just three short years Louise Distras has toured across the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA. She's shared stages with Mick Jones (The Clash), Billy Bragg, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, The King Blues, The Damned, The Red Paintings and played at Glastonbury Festival, Camden Rocks, Bearded Theory, Rebellion Festival and Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas. Distras has been praised by The Guardian, Vive Le Rock, BBC Radio 1, XFM, KROQ and Kerrang! who said Louise Distras is "the most exciting voice in UK punk-rock right now!"

'Aileen' is out now via Street Revolution Records! Don't miss your chance to hear it live when Louise hits the road with The King Blues on their sold out UK tour later this month!