Taken from her forthcoming Street Revolution EP, out on 11 January.
Firebrand singer Louise Distras has released her new single, Poor Man, the second track to be taken from her upcoming EP, Street Revolution, out 11 January.
The song was originally written nearly ninety years ago but is now reimagined for a new generation, providing an acute commentary on the breakdown of modern society yet still retaining its cultural relevance and poignant impact.
“This song was written through the eyes of Blind Alfred Reed amongst the abject poverty of 1929,” says Louise. “Around the same time Billie Holiday sang Strange Fruit which was written in similar conditions that still apply to the world today, making both songs timeless classics.”
A testament to its longevity; the track has previously been covered and re-interpreted by artists including Bruce Springsteen, Ry Cooder and UB40.
The video for Poor Man sees a minimalist aesthetic convey the track’s powerful rhetoric with brute sincerity. It’s both a reflective assessment on aspects of society that haven’t changed in nearly a century, as well posing a question as to why this is still the case.
Louise explains, “Every shoot for this video was ruined by rain so in the end we simply filmed it with an iPhone on the bus to the dole office. It seemed to fit the song perfectly.”
Poor Man is the follow up to ‘Street Revolution’, the title track to Louise Distras’ brand new EP. Fans will be able to hear the new songs played live on The Street Revolution Tour in January 2019. This tour goes hand in hand with Musicians Against Homelessness to raise funds for the charity Crisis.
With the issue of teen homelessness very much in the public eye at the moment, Louise is committed to making a difference. Having herself been homeless in her teenage years – living with strangers in dangerous situations and being taken advantage of as a vulnerable young person – her first-hand experience of the transformative power of music in helping her rebuild her life informs her work, and inspires her passion to work with Musicians Against Homelessness.
About this partnership Louise says, “Having run away from home as a teenager, MAH is cause close to my heart. We all walk our own warzone path, which is only one step away from a situation we can’t control. Music saves lives and supporting Crisis is my way of giving something back.”
2019 Streets Revolution tour dates:
17 Jan – Cambridge, Portland Arms
18 Jan – Nottingham, The Bodega
23 Jan – Leeds, Key Club
24 Jan – Newcastle, Cluny 2
25 Jan – Guildford, The Boileroom
26 Jan – Norwich, Waterfront Studio
27 Jan – Portsmouth, Edge of The Wedge
29 Jan – Leicester, Firebug
31 Jan – Bishops Stortford, The Half Moon
2 Feb – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms