LOUISE DISTRAS RELEASES NEW SINGLE ‘LAND OF DOPE AND GLORY’ AND TOURS THE UK THROUGHOUT APRIL
LONDON SHOW CONFIRMED FOR MAY 10th AT THE UNDERWORLD, CAMDEN
“The most exciting voice in UK punk right now!” – Kerrang!
“Putting punk and protest back into the mainstream” – The Guardian
“Given the Frank Turner stamp of approval Louise whips up a storm of passionate, punk’n’roll, somehow conjuring up both Kathleen Hanna and Roy Orbison.” – John Kennedy, Radio X
Today, British firebrand singer-songwriter Louise Distras gives the music community their first taste of her forthcoming album, scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018 and the much-anticipated follow up to her 2015 debut album, ‘Dreams from the Factory Floor’.
Titled ‘Land Of Dope And Glory’, Louise returns with two-minutes-and-eighteen-seconds of buzzing anthemic punk rock that is a fired-up two-fingered salute to consumer manipulation from big business and state, it’s words delivered directly with an infectious chorus designed to spread the message far and wide.
“G.O.D. stands for gold, oil and drugs,” states Louise. “Because in a world where God is money, it feels like the constant consumer manipulation that we as people face on a daily basis from big corporations and government stands against everything we value as human beings; peace, love and understanding.”
‘Land Of Dope And Glory’ is the perfect teaser of what to expect come from the new album, recently recorded in Oakland California with Ross Petersen (Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, The Vamps) and Steve Whale of The Business. Louise’s talent for crafting powerful and direct messages with addictive melodies over righteous punk rock hooks has really come to the fore more than ever before. Hold tight.
Catch Louise Distras live at the following dates:
10 April Milton Keynes, The Craufurd Arms
11 April St. Albans, The Horn
12 April Newport, Le Pub
13 April Stowmarket, John Peel Centre
14 April Tunbridge Wells, Forum Basement
15 April Southampton, The Joiners
17 April Nottingham, The Bodega
19 April Preston, The Ferret
20 April Bridgwater, The Cobblestones
23 April Stoke on Trent, The Underground
24 April Newcastle, The Cluny
25 April Glasgow, Audio
26 April Hull, The Polar Bear
28 April Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
29 April Selby, Pop Punk Pile Up
10 May London, The Underworld
Get tickets here: www.seetickets.com/tour/louise-distras
With special guest support from:
The Wicked Jackals
Dirty Little Rebel
“It’s loud. It’s dirty. It smashes you over the head’ – heavy classic rock at its best! Powderhead are a new face on a classic scene, belting out raw, old-school rock that will get your head banging, your body moving and leave you screaming for more!
This Cambridge band began in February 2015 fuelled by guitarist Si Mortlock and vocalist Helen Johnson’s mutual interest in 80s and 90s rock and metal. When in December 2015, drummer Ollie Wallace brought his energetic, thrash inspired beats and bassist James Miller added his no nonsense, stoner rock minded bass lines, the band’s unique style of heavy classic rock emerged. The addition of lead guitarist Jack Lawson in April 2017 with his soaring epic solos, complementing Si’s solid, heavy riffs and Helen’s melodic, soulful vocals, has nicely completed this 5-piece rock act.
In 2017 they won the Thetford Battle of the Bands and supported the likes of Chris Holmes (ex WASP), Santa Cruz and Attica Rage in some of the UK’s most iconic venues including The Camden Underworld, London and The Robin 2, Wolverhampton. With their debut album due to be released in April 2018, Powderhead are set to bring in next year with a bang! Check out their brand new single here
Music and Fashion fans alike are poised to unleash their inner Spice Girl this July and August at #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition. A celebration of, and tribute to, the biggest girl-group of all time, #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition promises to be the biggest exhibition of its kind in history.
Taking place at the Business Design Centre in Angel Islington, London from 28th July – 20th August, #SpiceUpLondon will be showcasing thousands of items of memorabilia, alongside hundreds of the Fab Five’s iconic stage costumes, some of which have not been publicly displayed since they were first worn by the Spice Girls in the 90’s.
In addition to displaying merchandise from around the globe – ranging from the rare and unseen to the peculiar and unusual – the exhibition will be showcasing just how significantly and successfully the Spice Girls went from band to brand on a scale that truly took over the world!
The exhibition will be the centrepiece of a whole host of events that aim to do exactly what the hashtag says; Spice up London! From dance classes to bus tours #SpiceUpLondon plan to pay the biggest tribute to the most exciting girl group phenomenon the world has ever seen.
Alan Smith-Allison, the event organiser and curator said: “I have joined together with other Spice Girls collectors and designers from around the world, including the Guinness World Record holder, Liz West. It’s been amazing to be able to share this passion with others, but above all it has allowed me to create this collection of iconic Spice Girls history. #SpiceUpLondon has been a long time in the making, but it has grown beyond even my hopes for it. The interest in the exhibition has been massive and I can’t wait to show off what we are achieving. The London exhibition looks set to be the biggest music exhibition ever and it continues to grow with new events and exhibits being added every day.”
Mega fans travelling up to London have the opportunity to make a day of it and travel to the exhibition in style as #SpiceUpLondon have teamed up with the Big Bus Company to offer a unique two-hour panoramic tour of London. Leaving and returning from the venue twice daily, fans will be whisked around the city on a special Union Jack-emblazoned open top bus bringing together the iconic landmarks of London and highlighting particular areas of interest for Spice Girls enthusiasts. Featuring a tour guide clued up on all things Spice Girls, fans will feel like they have been transported onto the ‘Spice Bus’.
And speaking of the ‘Spice Bus’ itself, in what is sure to be a highlight of the event, the original ‘Spice Bus’ which appeared in the smash hit 1999 Spice Girls blockbuster ‘Spice World: The Movie’ will be making an extra special appearance, proudly on display as an iconic landmark outside the #SpiceUpLondon Exhibition.
After filming on the movie finished, the bus suffered years of neglect and is currently situated at the Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight. The current owners of the bus are undertaking restoration work to restore the bus to its former glory, bringing it back in its prime to take pride of place outside the exhibition, and are inviting fans to become part of Spice Girls history by donating to #RefurbTheBus and having their name adorned on a plaque within the Spice Bus.
You can donate to the restoration project here.
Other ways that fans can get involved with the big refurb will be announced shortly, including an auction to take place between 30th March and 6th April.
It’s time to let your inner Spice Girl run wild and dance your way into Spice World for a cheesy, glittery, fun-filled trip down Girl Power memory lane.
Tickets for the #SpiceUpLondon Exhibition are on sale now through the exhibition’s website here and can be purchased for £10 per ticket with student/OAP concessions available. Add-ons, such as guided tours and exhibition programmes, are also available to pre-order now.
Tickets for the #SpiceUpLondon bus tour are priced at £25 for adults and £18 for children under 16. Tickets for the bus tour can be bought here.
Children under 12 are completely free, with the exhibition offering superb family value in the height of the 2018 school holidays.
Paint Nothing release debut single ‘You Can’t See Me’
Watch the video: YouTube
Cambridge post-punk band Paint Nothing release their debut single ‘You Can’t See Me’. A two minute, high-volume trip through our voyeuristic society and the unhealthy relationship between the people on either side of the screen.
Frontman Jack shares his frustrations using a shouted delivery last heard in xBomb Factory, who chalked up an album on German label Nois-o-lution, and gigs with the likes of The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit.
Accompanying the stabbing guitars and drums is a video shot in a claustrophobically-tight space in Cambridge.
To support the release, Paint Nothing will be playing live:
Thursday 22nd March 2018
The Fulford Arms, York (w/ Weekend Recovery and Brooders)
Friday 6th April 2018
The Blue Moon, Cambridge (w/ The Furious Sleep and The British IBM)
Free download cards for ‘You Can’t See Me’ will be available at the gigs.
An album has been recorded at Cambridge’s Half-ton Studios and is due for release later this year.
For more, visit www.paintnothing.co.uk
LAST GREAT DREAMERS – 13th Floor Renegades
RIYL Cheap Trick, Mott The Hoople, Red Kross, Hanoi Rocks
First Single – ‘No Sunshine’
The past is a foreign country, or so they say. No doubt Last Great Dreamers would agree with that. Barely 18 months has passed since their last album – their first all new full-length since their 2014 rebirth – and now the UK power-pop rockers step up with a freshness and fire that would put many new bands to shame.
Holed up in Oxfordshire’s Henwood Studios with producer Pete Brown (son of Joe, brother of Sam), original Dreamers Marc Valentine and Slyder, together with drummer Denley Slade and bassist Steve Fielding, have laid down their most complete and accomplished album yet. 13th Floor Renegades comprises eleven infectious punk-pop floorshakers, replete with dynamic shoutalong choruses and more hooks than audition day for a particularly piratical panto season. Power-pop crunch and effortlessly melodic riffing rule the roost, letting up only occasionally for the twinkling mandolin of folky Faces-ness.
“Everything fell into place at the right time,” explains Marc. “We started a Pledge campaign for the album, which had a fantastic response. The fans’ involvement was truly incredible and their generosity never ceases to amaze us. Hopefully with this album we get to repay their faith. It’s really been an organic process from start to finish, with a few twists and turns along the way, but we’re really proud of what we’ve managed to achieve in a short space of time.”
Originally coming together in London during the early 90s, Last Great Dreamers quickly became darlings of the glam-punk scene centred around Soho. Gaining props for debut albumRetrosexual, earning a nomination for Best New Band in the prestigious Kerrang! awards, and supporting major US touring bands, they couldn’t face off the juggernaut of Britpop and went on hiatus.
Since their return, they’ve released two albums – the rarities set Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven and the all new Transmissions From Oblivion – and toured widely, both as headliners and support to the likes of Cherie Currie, Bernie Tormé and The Quireboys.
13th Floor Renegades will be preceded by a single ‘No Sunshine’ and accompanied by a full UK tour….
Sat 7 April BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2 (Album Launch)
Thu 12 April LONDON The Black Heart
Fri 13 April CANNOCK The Station
Sat 14 April BRIDGEND Hobos
Sun 15 April CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Wed 18 April WAKEFIELD Black Mass
Thu 19 April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
Fri 20 April CARLISLE Embers
Sat 21 April GLASGOW Nice’n’Sleazy
Sun 22 April NEWCASTLE Trillians