THE LINDA LINDAS: debut album
Los Angeles-based, all-female punk band The Linda Lindas has officially released the highly anticipated debut album Growing Up.
The band announced the album with an Humberto Leon-directed video for its title track “Growing Up,” which Rolling Stone praised as “catchy and danceable,” saying “you can imagine teenagers screaming it from car windows on the last day of classes” and SPIN called it a “coming of age, punk rock classic.”
The band followed it up with the release of “Talking To Myself,” and a black and white Ryan Baxley-directed video that served as a playful tribute to the classic Twilight Zone episode “Living Doll.”
It also released its explosive album opener,”Oh!” in 2021. Last month, The Linda Lindas performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden and the band will be out on the road with tour dates this spring and summer.
The Linda Lindas first played together as members of a pickup new wave cover band of kids assembled by Kristin Kontrol (Dum Dum Girls) for Girlschool LA in 2018 and then formed their own garage punk group soon after.
Sisters Mila de la Garza (drummer, now 11) and Lucia de la Garza (guitar, 14), cousin Eloise Wong (bass, 13), and family friend Bela Salazar (guitar, 17) developed their chops as regulars at all-ages matinees in Chinatown, where they played with original L.A. punks like The Dils, Phranc, and Alley Cats; went on to open for riot grrrl legends Bikini Kill and architect Alice Bag as well as DIY heavyweights Best Coast and Bleached; and were eventually featured in Amy Poehler’s movie Moxie.
The Linda Lindas went on to self-release a four-song EP, make its own videos and grow a following beyond Los Angeles. But the band never expected or could have even dreamed that its performance of “Racist, Sexist Boy” for the Los Angeles Public Library in May 2021 would put it smack in the middle of the cultural zeitgeist.
“It can be comforting, in times like these, to be slapped cold by undeniable truth. And so it is with The Linda Lindas a band made up of four Asian and Latina teens and tweens [who] have generated a significant wave of attention in the three years since the band was founded,” said the New York Times. “And this new song, which Eloise said was inspired by a real-life experience, is a needs-no-explanation distillation of righteous anger. It’s severely relatable.”
A month later, The Linda Lindas got to work on its first full-length LP. Having written a mountain of new material individually while sheltering in place and attending class virtually, the band was more than ready to enter the studio where Carlos de la Garza oversaw recording and production. The Grammy-winning producer’s work includes Paramore, Bad Religion, Best Coast, and Bleached.
A product of generations of underground music in L.A. and beyond, The Linda Lindas’ debut channels classic punk, post punk, power pop, new wave, and other surprises into timelessly catchy and cool songs sung by all four members—each with her own style and energy. With an ever-maturing writing prowess and expanded life-experience The Linda Lindas are Growing Up.
The Linda Lindas will play headline shows in Los Angeles at The Troubadour on April 10th and New York City at the Mercury Lounge on May 1st – both shows sold out immediately.
The band also has U.S. dates opening for Jawbreaker in the spring, and festivals in Oakland, Las Vegas, and Japan.
Growing Up Tracklisting: