Capturing their adolescent angst and undeniable talent as a band on the rise, The Linda Lindas, a budding ensemble that comprises of surprisingly young band members, crashed through 2021 like a glass ceiling, releasing a slew of fun, edgy singles and music videos, all punctuated with a youthful rebellion and fresh perspective. While their performance at the L.A. Public Library for their single “Racist, Sexist Boy” went viral and brought them to the forefront, these lil badasses have been at it for a few years. We first fell hard for the Linda Lindas after seeing them open for Bikini Kill back in early 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium.
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Consisting of two sisters, a cousin and a friend — The Linda Lindas are a half Asian, half Latinx group that spin fast tales about breaking the societal mold, speaking up for yourself, how it feels to be a teen in today’s world and, of course, their favorite pet cats.
Earlier in the year, two of their singles were used in Netflix and Amy Poehler’s film Moxie, and thanks to their superb live performances, the band not only had their songs featured, they performed the songs as themselves in the film. Then, a their aformentioned viral video at the L.A. Public Library garnered the group a new pool of fans and expedited the band’s record deal with iconic punk label Epitaph. The Linda Lindas most recent single, “Nino,” a love letter to band mate Bela’s cat, also made a splash with its psychedelic, animated 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 thereafter. With simple, straightforward lyrics, crunchy, fast paced guitars, hard banging drums and driving bass, the band riffs off classic punk, their culture and their young age to create something unique, meaningful and all around fun. Their journey into 2022 looks to be an even greater year of growth with much to come.
Words: Patti Sanchez