Louise Distras

Louise Distras announces new single ‘Aileen’ plus UK & European tour dates…

Louise Distras has confirmed she will release her brand new single “Aileen” on the 30th of September 2016. The song will be Louise’s first new music since the release of her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album “Dreams from the Factory Floor”.

Co-produced by Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, The Vamps, John Mayer) and “Dreams from the Factory Floor” producer Steve Whale (The Business), “Aileen” reflects the development of Louise’s sound, ‘Aileen’ is more of a radio anthem that steps slightly away from the passionate punk and protest songs we are familiar with, ‘Aileen’ heads towards power-pop territory. Nevertheless, the pop-friendly hooks house an intense emotional core.

Lyrically “Aileen” is a hard-hitting dancefloor track that explores the dark story of ‘America’s first female serial killer’ Aileen Wuornos. It’s a song that sees Distras questioning rape culture and the sanctity of life. The song is living proof – if ever it was needed – that pop music does not have to mean ‘dumbed-down’ or ‘throwaway.’

Says Distras of “Aileen”: “One night after a show I watched the Nick Broomfield documentary ‘Selling of a Serial Killer’, which is about ‘America’s first female serial killer’, Aileen Wuornos. As someone who has experienced homelessness and sexual assault, Aileen’s story hit me pretty hard but left me feeling inspired to share it through my music. The film also left me with my own questions about rape culture and the idea of nature VS nurture, so I decided to make my own DIY film that explores the lyrical content of the single. It’s called ‘Real Outlaw – A Commentary on Rape Culture and the Riot Grrrl Movement’ and it’s available via scanning a QR code that’s printed on the back of the CD and also on tour posters across the UK.”

“Aileen” it’s accompanying film will be released worldwide on 30th September 2016 digitally via iTunes and Amazon, or CD and coloured vinyl available exclusively via Louise’s official website.

Check out this video of Louise behind the scenes and onstage at her recent blazing set on the mainstage at the Rebellion Festival this year:

Tour dates:

3 Sept London, Loud Women Festival
4 Sept Forest of Dean, Common Ground Festival
24 Sept Forest of Dean, Something Else in the Dean Festival
26 Sept Manchester, Gullivers w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
30 Sept Camden, Black Heart w/ Love Zombies + The Amorettes*
1 Oct London, Rich Mix*
5 Oct Birmingham, The Rainbow
6 Oct Liverpool, Sound Food & Drink
7 Oct Derby, The Maypole
8 Oct Kingston, Fighting Cocks w/ Get Dead
10 Oct Norwich, Owl Sanctuary w/ Get Dead
11 Oct Nottingham, Doghouse w/ Get Dead
12 Oct 02 Islington Academy, London w/ Get Dead
13 Oct Dundee, The Vestry
14 Oct Glasgow, Audio
15 Oct Edinburgh, Bannerman’s
16 Oct Nottingham, Foreman’s w/ TV Smith*
21 Oct Leeds, Verve
19 Nov Groningen, Spieghel (Netherlands)
21 Nov Essen, Anyway (Germany)
22 Nov Bonn, Kult 41 (Germany)
23 Nov Koln, Sonic Ballroom (Germany)
27 Nov Berlin, Wild At Heart (Germany)
29 Nov Dresden, Chemiefabrik (Germany)

Louise Distras Tour

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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