Louise Distras: Factory 251, Manchester – Live Review
Factory 251, Manchester
22nd April 2017
Wakefield’s Louise Distras has proved a master at crafting impassioned anthems of protesting punk, with an impressive debut album Dreams from the Factory Floor. Currently touring the UK while preparing her sophomore full length release Louder Than War’s Katie Clare went to experience the modern protest singers’ intensity in person.
Support came from three local bands each bringing an enthusiastic, self-assured potency to their sets. Hey Radio, humorous discourse and spirited pop puck zest was a perfect opener from this Manchester duo. So Called Friend provided a medley of well-defined rock, front man Jonny Rogers; powerful vocals and stage presence driving the trio forward. The Lymes a confident pop rock four piece with a strong powerhouse rhythm section.
This tour sees Louise Distras performing solo, so with the additional instruments removed from the stage provides a clean canvas for the artist and their guitar. The set starts with fierce determination and a loudness that defines the lone singer and is instantly compelling.
Distras’ set is full of magnificent socioeconomic prose arranged alongside a soundscape of thrashed angst. Shades of Hate, referencing Distras; hometown and it’s vapid and vicious inhabitants, carbon copied in cities throughout the country and beyond. The pop punk-friendly hooks of Aileen tackle’s the challenging issues raised by America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos and the perception of rape culture.
Solid and resolute as Distras’ lyricism is, the closeness of venue twists the emotions and it feels as much like as confiding as dissent. We are provided with several new tracks that Distras’ is currently working on for her next album. The songs remain politically driven as well being full of passion, they maintain a strong punk rock musicality.
“There’s too much politics going on” laments Brenda from Bristol – such is reality, Brenda. Except, it should not have you running for a medicinal sherry. Politics like love, if you choose to believe John Denver, is everywhere. Politics can be as entertaining and empowering as it is vexatious, tonight Distras’ skillful and distinctly ardent protest songs; showcases such at what turned out to be a special gig.
The tour continues: April 28th Key Club, Leeds
Louise Distras will also play:
April 30th Stag & Dagger Festival with DMA’s & Gold Panda Glasgow
May 14th Roundhouse with Frank Turner London
May 27th – 29th Slam Dunk Festival – Birmingham, Leeds, Hertfordshire
June 2nd Byline Festival – Uckfield
June 3rd Camden Rocks Festival – London
June 4th Glastonwick Festival – Brighton
For ticket, links see Louise’s official website or contact the venues or festivals directly.
Louise Distras is currently fan fundraising for her second album to get involved and support independent music (as well as bringing Louise’s music to life) by making a pledge. There are many rewards on offer including handwritten lyric sheets. AAA laminated passes and invites to album launch party’s to be held in London and somewhere in the North. Click here for all the options and further details.