Capturing their teenage angst and undeniable talent as a burgeoning band, The Linda Lindas, an aspiring ensemble of surprisingly young band members, crashed into 2021 like a glass ceiling, releasing a slew of singles and fun and avant-garde clips, all punctuated by a youthful revolt and a fresh look. While their performance at the Los Angeles Public Library for their single “Racist, Sexist Boy” went viral and brought them to the forefront, these tough little guys have been there for a few years. We first fell in love with the Linda Lindas after seeing them open for Bikini Kill in early 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium.
Comprised of two sisters, a cousin and a friend – The Linda Lindas are a half-Asian, half-Latinx band that quickly tell stories about breaking the societal mould, speaking up for oneself, what what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s world and, of course, their favorite pet cats.
Earlier in the year, two of their singles were used in the Netflix and Amy Poehler film Moxie, and with their superb live performances, the group not only showcased their songs, but performed them as themselves in the film. Then, an aforementioned viral video at the Los Angeles Public Library attracted a new group of fans and accelerated the band’s record deal with iconic punk label Epitaph. Linda Linda’s most recent single, “Nino,” a love letter to the cat from bandmate Bela, also caused a stir with its lively, psychedelic music video featuring Nino the cat.
The Linda Lindas are Mila (11), Eloise (13), Lucia (14) and Bela (17), who first played together unofficially in 2018 – making their band official shortly after. With simple, direct lyrics, crisp, fast guitars, hard-hitting drums, and driving bass, the band takes inspiration from classic punk, its culture, and its young age to create something unique, meaningful. and fun. Their journey to 2022 looks set to be a year of even greater growth with much to come.
Words: Patti Sanchez
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