The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas performing at Rock im Park 2022 in Nuremberg.
The Linda Lindas performing at Rock im Park 2022 in Nuremberg.
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Genres
Years active2018–present
LabelsEpitaph[5]
Members
  • Bela Salazar
  • Eloise Wong
  • Lucia de la Garza
  • Mila de la Garza
Websitewww.thelindalindas.com Edit this at Wikidata

The Linda Lindas are a punk rock band from Los Angeles.[4][6] The all-girl group comprises Bela Salazar, Eloise Wong, Lucia de la Garza, and Mila de la Garza.[7][8]

History

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,[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Feeling that the band needed a name, Martin, who had bought a DVD of 2005 Japanese film Linda Linda Linda,[4] (in turn named after the Blue Hearts song "Linda Linda"[12]), 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.[11] By fall, they were playing Save Music in Chinatown matinée 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.[13] 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.[14][15]

In May 2021, the Los Angeles Public Library posted a video of the band playing "Racist, Sexist Boy" at a "TEENtastic Tuesdays" event.[14] The song was about an experience Mila, the band's drummer, had when a schoolmate made a racist comment before the COVID-19 pandemic.[16] The video became a viral social media hit, earning praise from Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Red Hot Chili Peppers's Flea,[14] Thurston Moore,[17] Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna,[16] Kid Cudi,[18]and author Viet Thanh Nguyen, who said, "'Racist, Sexist Boy' is the song we need now".[16]

On May 22, 2021, Epitaph Records announced that it had signed the Linda Lindas.[5][19]

On June 3, 2021, the band made their late night television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live.[20][21]

On July 21, 2021, the band released the single "Oh!" with an accompanying music video.[22] The song also was featured in the trailer released for the Netflix series The Chair,[22] which was released that same day.[23]

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.[24] Growing Up was released on April 8, 2022 to generally positive reviews.[25]

Band members

The band consists of Eloise (bass, guitars, vocals), Bela (guitars, vocals), Lucia (guitar, vocals), and Mila (drums, vocals). Bela is the oldest member at 17 as of September 2021, and Mila the youngest, at 11.[14] Lucia and Mila are daughters of music engineer and producer Carlos de la Garza,[26] and Eloise's father is Martin Wong, co-founder of Giant Robot.[5] The band members' stage names, birth dates, and roles are as follows:[27][28]

NameStage nameBirth date (age)Role
Bela SalazarLinda Linda No. 1 (2004-09-16) September 16, 2004 (age 17)Guitarist, vocalist
Eloise WongLinda Linda No. 2 (2008-02-11) February 11, 2008 (age 14)Bassist, vocalist
Lucia de la GarzaLinda Linda No. 3 (2007-01-14) January 14, 2007 (age 15)Guitarist, vocalist
Mila de la GarzaLinda Linda No. 4 (2010-08-16) August 16, 2010 (age 11)Drummer, vocalist

Discography

Studio albums

List of albums, with release date and label shown
TitleAlbum details
Growing Up

Extended plays

List of EPs, with release date and label shown
TitleEP details
The Linda Lindas
  • Released: 2020[26]
  • Label: The Linda Lindas (independent)
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming

References

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  2. ^ Andrade, Sofia (June 4, 2021). "Punk Was Never Just for White Dudes". Slate. Retrieved June 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Hurst, Josh (April 11, 2022). "The Linda Lindas, Growing Up". Flood. Retrieved July 14, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Gotrich, Lars (May 21, 2021). "What's More Punk Than Teens Screaming In A Public Library?". NPR. Archived from the original on May 21, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c Aswad, Jem (May 22, 2021). "The Linda Lindas Sign With Epitaph Records". Variety. Archived from the original on May 22, 2021. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  6. ^ Jaworski, Michelle (May 21, 2021). "'This is about him and all of the other racist, sexist boys': Teen punks the Linda Lindas destroy at the public library". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on May 22, 2021. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
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  9. ^ Spanos, Brittany (May 21, 2021). "Watch Teen Punk Band the Linda Lindas Ether 'Racist Sexist Boy' in Scorching Library Concert". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 21, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  10. ^ Wong, Martin (February 6, 2018). "Kristin Kontrol presents Color + The Kids at Girlschool 2018". By Martin Wong. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  11. ^ a b Wong, Martin (February 16, 2020). "Hello, Linda Lindas!". By Martin Wong. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  12. ^ The Linda Lindas - Mini-Set for Operation: Creative Freedom on YouTube
  13. ^ "TEENtastic Tuesdays: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-off with The Linda Lindas (interview segment)". YouTube. LA Public Library.
  14. ^ a b c d Bosselman, Haley (May 20, 2021). "The Linda Lindas' Library Performance of 'Racist, Sexist Boy' Hailed by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello". Variety. Archived from the original on May 21, 2021. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
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  16. ^ a b c Hawkins, Derek (May 21, 2021). "Teen rockers fire back at anti-Asian comments with a viral punk anthem: 'Racist, Sexist Boy'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on May 29, 2021. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  17. ^ Zhang, Cat (May 25, 2021). "The Linda Lindas Are More Than Just a Viral Punk Band". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on May 25, 2021. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  18. ^ Idibly, Leia (May 21, 2021). "'HOLY SH*T YES': Teenage AAPI Punk Rock Band Goes Viral for Performance of 'Racist, Sexist Boy'". Mediaite.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  20. ^ Hatfield, Amanda (May 27, 2021). "The Linda Lindas make Epitaph signing official, playing Jimmy Kimmel Live". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
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  22. ^ a b Nazareno, Mia (July 21, 2021). "The Linda Lindas Follow Up 'Racist, Sexist Boy' With New Song 'Oh!'". Billboard. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  23. ^ Shanfield, Ethan (July 21, 2021). "HBO's 'Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union' to Debut in August (TV News Roundup)". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  24. ^ a b Hussey, Allison (February 1, 2022). "The Linda Lindas announce new album Growing Up, share video for new song: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 1, 2022.
  25. ^ "Growing Up by the Linda Lindas". Metacritic. April 8, 2022. Archived from the original on April 8, 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
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