Inspired by the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign, Leeds’ DIY-punk-polemicist Louise Distras and Canadian solo artist Jenny Woo have joined forces to make a stand by recording the split single ‘Stand Strong Together’ to be released on 4th February 2013, where Louise Distras will take the message on the road via a major European and UK tour to promote unity in the modern underground music scene and tackle prejudice, hatred and intolerance head-on.
It also features the B-Side ‘Shades Of Hate’, a more muscular punky track than the A-side exploring the growing problem of youth violence and street harassment taken from Louise Distras’ debut album due for release in Spring 2013. ‘Shades of Hate’ is an impassioned, socially aware rallying cry for the outcast and the underdog: Distras switches from distressed onlooker in the verses to almost tearing her vocal chords out in the thumping firebrand chorus. You can watch the video for below now!
Louise Distras, explains: “Violent attacks against people from alternative backgrounds are becoming more common and are going unreported, if we don’t confront these divides and attacks in our society things will continue to get worse. The Stand Strong Campaign is about valuing the freedom to express ourselves and our ideas. It’s about working together to achieve a safe, bullying and harassment free world. Whether you’re a Punk, skinhead, Mod, rocker, Goth, or Casual – there is more that unites us than divides us!”
Support on the ‘Stand Strong Together’ Tour comes from UK folk-punk protest singer Wayne Lost Soul, who says ”Now more than ever, we must stand strong together to face the real problems in our lives rather than attacking each other because of our differences!”
Louise Distras will be raising funds in aid of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation:
-To ensure a lasting legacy to Sophie
-To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
-To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures or lifestyle and dress
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