DIY - Self Released
on 11th September 2016 at via e-mail
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. Taking inspiration from Nirvana, Queen and The Beatles, Louise Distras channelled her anger, hopes and fears into anthems of love and fury for yet another let down generation with the release of her critically acclaimed debut Dreams from the Factory Floor. Louise agreed to talk to The Punk Site ahead of the release of her new single, Aileen, which is due for release on the 30 September 2016
Hi Louise, thanks for agreeing to talk to the Punk Site, the new single represents a significant shift away from the style of Dreams From The Factory Floor, what inspired the change of style?
There hasn’t been a conscious decision to change my style but there’s always been a conscious effort to write better and more interesting music. Since day one I always maintained that I’d never make another ‘Dreams from the Factory Floor’, and my new single ‘Aileen’ is a representation of that artistic growth.
The other obvious question is what made you write a song about Aileen Wuornos? she’s certainly a controversial figure
I’m somebody who has spent their entire life as an outsider, and like Aileen I ran away from home at an early age and did a lot of things I’m not proud of in order to survive. So first and foremost, her story affected me in a very personal way. I think what’s more controversial is the fact we live in a society that totally normalises sexual violence against women. Aileen was someone who fought back against it and she paid the ultimate price. Whether she was a serial killer or some kind of feminist icon really isn’t for me to say, but rape culture is something that needs to be addressed again and again until something changes. We can start by breaking the silence about our own experiences to show other survivors that they are not alone.
How’s the new album coming along, what can we expect from your sophomore album?
The second album is pretty much written and I’m really excited about bringing it to life. I don’t want to reveal too much but I can tell you that it’s not an acoustic album, and all being well the plan is to start recording early next year.
Can we expect to hear more of the new material in your live sets in the near future?
For sure, I’ll be surprising fans with new songs on the Aileen Tour across the UK and Europe this Autumn.
I saw you had a few problems finding the right people for the band, who’s in the new band?
I haven’t been having any problems finding musicians but that’s not to say it hasn’t been a frustrating process at times either. These things just take time, but the pieces of the puzzle are all in place now and I’m really looking forward to hitting the road with my backing band in October.
Are there any particular places you love playing?
I enjoy busking in the streets as much as I enjoy playing on big festival stages. I just love to play music!
You’ve played with a fair few veteran punk bands, how do their fans react to you?
I’m guessing the reaction has been good as it all seems to be going well so far!
Is there anyone out there you’d love to play live with, or any favourite bands you’ve played with?
I’d love to collaborate with Michael Stipe.
What are your plans for 2017?
The plan is to record my second album and hopefully release it, then play lots of shows in lots of new places. Fingers crossed!
You’re quite vocal about your hometown of Wakefield, what impact did growing up there have on you?
I learned that our reality is only a manifestation of our dreams, and that you don’t have to become a product of your environment.
Thanks for agreeing to talk to The Punk Site, all the best with the new single and album and I’m looking forward to seeing you on your upcoming tour
The new single by Louise Distras
, can be ordered here
Her debut album, Dreams From The Factory Floor
, can be ordered here
Details of the Fundraising campaign for the new Louise Distras
album can be found here
will be commencing a UK tour later this month, the tour dates can be found here