Official Independent Venue Week Show
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'd listen. Her unshakeable belief that Music can change the world underlines 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 ís 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.