Who Are The Linda Lindas?

Libraries and punk rock don’t typically mix, but a viral performance at the Los Angeles Public Library introduced the world to The Linda Lindas. Self-described as “half Asian and half Latinx,” the band includes sisters Mila (12) and Lucia de la Garza (15), their cousin Eloise Wong (14) and their close friend Bela Salazar (18). Booked for a performance to launch the library’s celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Mila (who was only 10 at the time!) introduces their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” explaining that right before lockdown, a boy at her school said his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people. Mila then said that she is Chinese and he backed away from her. This inspired her and Eloise to write the new punk anthem that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen called “the song we need now.” A clip posted by the Los Angeles Public Library went viral on Twitter in May 2021 and by the end of the month The Linda Lindas were signed by Epitaph Records.

Of course, they already had major supporters in riot grrrl legends Bikini Kill, who asked the young band to open at their reunion shows in 2019. From there, Amy Poehler — a friend of Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna — had the band record a cover of “Rebel Girl” and other songs for her 2021 Netflix film Moxie. Their songs weren’t just for the soundtrack, they even performed for a crowd at the climax of the movie, which is fittingly about modern teen girls embracing the riot grrrl ethos.

In 2020, they released a self-titled EP, which was followed up with a full-length album Growing Up, released in April 2022. It includes a Spanish-language track “Cuantas Veces” and closes with their viral hit “Racist, Sexist Boy.” Though the album is more melodic than the anger-driven final song, their overall influences are prevalent throughout, with each girl bringing her own taste to the music. Given that Mila and Lucia’s dad is Grammy-Award winning producer Carlos de la Garza — who has worked with Paramore, Bad Religion, Best Coast, Jimmy Eat World, and others — it’s not surprising they listed a wide variety of influences when the band was interviewed by Billboard earlier this year.

In their current pinned tweet, they share their tribute to The Go-Go’s with their recorded cover of “Tonite” from the No. 1 album Beauty and the Beat.

The Linda Lindas recently performed at RIOT Festival in Chicago, and even though they are still quite young themselves, they’re playing at the sold out When We Were Young in Las Vegas in October. Check out their website for more shows, including a few dates supporting Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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Last updated: 27 Sep 2022, 16:45 Etc/UTC