name of the band:
where are you from:
Wakefield, United Kingdom
instruments you use:
Voice, Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Melodica,
style of music:
"LOUISE DISTRAS is the new face of acoustic punk. She's a woman with a clenched fist full of protest songs that target injustice, chauvenism and bigotry; the love child Billy Bragg and Patti Smith never had. Nirvana inspired Wakefield-born Louise to pick up a guitar at the tender age of thirteen. Twelve years on, she uses it as a weapon to push a politicised brand of hard-hitting contemporary folk. Her first single 'The Hand You Hold', released earlier this year, set out to "empower young women." It was angry, and pointed, asking the media: 'Who are you to say/we should look this way?' "I'm sick of the way women and young girls are reduced to stereotypes and exploited," says Louise, 25, who is proud to be putting purpose back in pop. Utterly of the Left - Bragg and Anne Scargill are fans - she says she is influenced "by ELO and the Bee Gees as much as the Clash." She's currently finishing her debut album with Steve Whale (ex of The Business), Mick Talbot (Style Council, Dexys), Jamie Oliver (UK SUBS drummer) and engineer Pat Collier. Targets for Louise's anger include David Cameron ("a d*ckhead"), the Hillsborough cover-up and "lame NME fringe bands - they can go f*ck themselves." She has also been campaigning for the release of Russian art punk trio Pussy Riot, whose protests she compares to that of suffragette Emily Davison and even Rosa Parks. "They're three incredibly brave women who have been jailed for simply speaking their mind and fighting for freedom," she says. "Their struggle is our struggle." Louise's mission? "To destroy all apathy."
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what’s your message?
"Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you"
do you play shows and how do they look like?
I play as many shows as possible, to a lot of amazing people and in lots of different countries. Some are in squats, some are in clubs, and some are in the street. Playing in the street is my favourite kind of show because that's where punk rock comes from in the first place. All of my shows look beautiful, the crowd that stares back at me is full of very smart, tuned in, beautiful people. I love them all.
what was the craziest show you’ve ever played ?
All of my shows are crazy, but all for different reasons. I guess the one that stands out the most in my memory right now is when I played at The Boston Arms, London in February 2012 with Subhumans and Zounds. A bunch of girls formed a huge human pyramid during my set, that was definitely a cool show.
what was the worst and why?
The worst one that springs to my mind right now was the last night of my tour in November 2011. The show was somewhere in Antwerp, Belgium and I was just getting hassled by loads of guys who were trying to grab me. It happens alot.
what are your future plans?
To finish and release my debut album, tour the world and change the world.
are you going for the big deal or are you more the d.i.y. type?
It's never been in my nature to do things by halves, and whatever happens I always achieve my goals on my own terms.
your 3 favorite bands:
Nirvana, Queen, Electric Light Orchestra
your 3 favorite colors:
Black, White, Red
your 3 favorite dishes:
I love all food except meat, liquorice and bananas.
your 3 favorite movies:
Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III
your 3 favorite books:
A Million Little Pieces - James Frey,
My Friend Leonard - James Frey,
Bright Shiny Morning - James Frey
your 3 favorite records:
Guilty - Barbara Streisand and Barry Gibb, Imagine - John Lennon, The Mercenary - Pascal Briggs
your 3 favorite venues:
Mighty Bar in Prague, Stoned Bar in Leipzig, The Boston Arms in London
your 3 favorite hobbies:
Reading, writing and singing
your favorite joke:
your 3 favorite animals:
Cats, cats and more cats
3 things you totally need on stage:
Voice, Guitar and Plectrum
Freedom, justice and equality for all.
what do you fight?
Apathy, sexism and fascism.
what’s your best song eva and why?:
I have my own great love affair with every song that I write, all for different reasons. It's really hard to say. I'll let everyone else be the judge of that!
'The Hand You Hold', my debut single released on International Womens Day 2012. "Never let the hand you hold, hold you down!"
final words, wishes:
Thank you so much for interviewing me, Krawalla, and featuring me as the Megapeng Records artist of the month! It's been a total pleasure to talk to you and reach out to all of you grrlz and boiz who follow Mega Peng Records! For more information about my music, tourdates and debut album release news then be sure to drop me a line via Facebook, Twitter or my website which is www.louisedistras.co.uk. See you in Germany in February 2013!
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