Raised on a diet of Bob Dylan, Nirvana and the Sex Pistols, Louise Distras whips up a storm of passionate punk'n'roll 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, her debut LP 'Dreams from the Factory Floor' was released worldwide to critical acclaim. Produced by Steve Whale (The Business) and featuring Mick Talbot (Style Council) the album balances propulsive, old-school punk anthems with assertive, socially-aware folk-punk.
Last year Kerrang! named her a 'Star of 2017' saying "Louise Distras is the most exciting voice in UK punk right now!" She also performed solo at Glastonbury, Slam Dunk, 2000 Trees, and played shows with Billy Bragg, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers and The King Blues. These days Louise has more than an acoustic guitar. Her new material comes with the added dynamics of a full band. But she insists that the ethos remains the same - a focus on 'nu punk' for the new generation.
In April 2018 Louise Distras gave the music community their first taste of her forthcoming album, scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018 and the much-anticipated follow up to her 2015 debut album, ‘Dreams from the Factory Floor’.
Titled ‘Land Of Dope And Glory’, Louise returns with two-minutes-and-eighteen-seconds of buzzing anthemic punk rock that is a fired-up two-fingered salute to consumer manipulation from big business and state, it’s words delivered directly with an infectious chorus designed to spread the message far and wide.
“G.O.D. stands for gold, oil and drugs,” states Louise. “Because in a world where God is money, it feels like the constant consumer manipulation that we as people face on a daily basis from big corporations and government stands against everything we value as human beings; peace, love and understanding.”
‘Land Of Dope And Glory’ is the perfect teaser of what to expect come from the new album, recently recorded in Oakland California with Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, The Vamps) and Steve Whale of The Business. Louise’s talent for crafting powerful and direct messages with addictive melodies over righteous punk rock hooks has really come to the fore more than ever before. Hold tight.