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In January 2018, Eloise Wong's father Martin Wong was contacted by an acquaintance, asking if she would be interested in playing alongside Kristin Kontrol and a bunch of "inexperienced kids" for a performance at a music festival called Girlschool LA, after seeing pictures and videos of her singing at Save Music in Chinatown. Martin then suggested Lucia and Mila de la Garza, daughters of his sister Angelyn Wong and brother-in-law Carlos de la Garza, since the three of them often sang, danced and performed together since they were toddlers; Carlos, who owned a backyard studio, took up the position of a second coach. After Kontrol recruited more children through social media and the first round of rehearsals were held, Angelyn and Martin's wife Wendy Lau reached out to the girls' family friend Bela Salazar, who was taking guitar lessons, to join in, thinking that they needed someone who could play an instrument. Originally, it was intended to be a one-off project, but a few months later, Salazar was invited to open a show for Frieda's Roses, and engaged Eloise, Lucia and Mila to be her backing band.
Feeling that the band needed a name, Martin, who had bought a DVD of 2005 Japanese film Linda Linda Linda, (in turn named after the Blue Hearts song "Linda Linda"), suggested The Linda Lindas, feeling that it "sounded like a band from the '50s but could also refer to the Japanese punk song or art movie, or simply mean 'really pretty' in Spanish", to which the girls agreed. By fall, they were playing Save Music in Chinatown matinee gigs alongside artists such as Phranc, the Dils, the Gears, and the Alley Cats, and other shows with bands such as Best Coast, Alice Bag, and Bleached.
After Amy Poehler watched the Linda Lindas open for Bikini Kill on April 26, 2019, at the Hollywood Palladium, she had them record songs for her film Moxie. In 2020, the Linda Lindas wrote a song for Netflix documentary The Claudia Kishi Club, titled "Claudia Kishi", after the Japanese-American character in Ann M. Martin's novel series The Baby-Sitters Club.
In May 2021, the Los Angeles Public Library posted a video of the band playing "Racist, Sexist Boy" at a "TEENtastic Tuesdays" event. The song was about an experience Mila, the band's drummer, had when a schoolmate made a racist comment before the COVID-19 pandemic. The video became a viral social media hit, earning praise from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Red Hot Chili Peppers's Flea, Thurston Moore, Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, Kid Cudi, and author Viet Thanh Nguyen, who said, "'Racist, Sexist Boy' is the song we need now". On May 22, 2021, Epitaph Records announced that it had signed the Linda Lindas.
On June 3, 2021, the band made their late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. On July 21, 2021, the band released the single "Oh!" with an accompanying music video. The song also was featured in the trailer released for the Netflix series The Chair, which was released that same day. The song was also played for the outro of series 1 episode 5 of The Imperfects. On February 1, 2022, the band announced their release date of their debut album, Growing Up, alongside the release of the single of the same name. Growing Up was released on April 8, 2022 to generally positive reviews. The track 'Racist, Sexist Boy' was nominated for Best Song at the 2022 Kerrang! Awards.
The band performed at the 22nd Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2023 and at the 95th Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2023 in Maryland where they were the first to ever perform at the event. The band opened for Paramore on its 2023 Summer tour.
The band consists of Eloise Wong (bass, guitars, vocals), Bela Salazar (guitars, vocals), Lucia de la Garza (guitar, vocals), and Mila de la Garza (drums, vocals). Lucia and Mila are sisters and are the daughters of music engineer and producer Carlos de la Garza. Eloise's father is Martin Wong, co-founder of Giant Robot; Eloise is also a cousin of Lucia and Mila. The band members' stage names, birth dates, and roles are as follows:
|Name||Stage name||Birth date (age)||Role|
|Bela Salazar||Linda Linda No. 1||(2004-09-16) September 16, 2004 (age 19)||Guitarist, vocalist|
|Eloise Wong||Linda Linda No. 2||(2008-02-11) February 11, 2008 (age 15)||Bassist, vocalist|
|Lucia de la Garza||Linda Linda No. 3||(2007-01-14) January 14, 2007 (age 16)||Guitarist, vocalist|
|Mila de la Garza||Linda Linda No. 4||(2010-08-15) August 15, 2010 (age 13)||Drummer, vocalist|
|The Linda Lindas|
|"Claudia Kishi"||2020||Non-album single|
|"Racist, Sexist Boy"|
|"Too Many Things"||2023|
|"Little Bit 'o Soul (from the Amazon Original Movie "Totally Killer")"|
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