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Chester Live are delighted to announce the punk n' roll artist that is Louise Distras. She's currently setting the UK alight with her live shows and we can't wait for her to grace our stage this summer.

'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 c**t 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

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, 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, Frank Turner and The King Blues.These days Louise has more than an acoustic guitar. Her new material now 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.

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.

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!

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