Linda Lindas signs recording contract after viral shoot
The group formed in 2018 and first performed together when former Dum Dum Girls singer Kristin Kontrol invited them to perform covers for a Girlschool LA showcase, after which they formed the group and started booking DIY gigs in their hometown, opening for punk legend Alice Bag and reunited riot grrrl Bikini Kill in 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium.
The quartet self-released their self-titled debut EP in December 2020 and made an appearance in Amy Poehler’s coming of age comedy in early 2021. Moxie! Their 40-minute May 4 set and interview with the Cypress branch of the LA Public Library included “Racist, Sexist Boy,” as well as original songs “Claudia Kishi” (for the 2020 Netflix short document on the American character – Japanese from The babysitters club), a track about their friends’ disappearance during the pandemic (“Missing”), the poppy rave-up “Never Say Never”, a song about the chat of guitarist Bela (“Monica”), the bouncy “No Clue” and covers of Bikini Kill’s iconic anthem “Rebel Girl” and “Big Mouth” by The Muffs.
Both singles and an EP for sale on their Bandcamp page were produced and mixed by Grammy-winning producer Carlos de la Garza (Paramore, Bad Religion), who also happens to be Mila’s father.
“We knew the song would get a good reaction, but we never imagined it,” Eloise said of the explosive reaction to “Racist, Sexist Boy” which helped explode them into public consciousness and racking up over 622,000 views to date on “Even though we started the band for fun, now we feel that we can really make a difference with what we do.
Lucia added, “People all over the world have contacted us – we get a lot of messages from little girls, but we also get messages from grandmothers. We always hope that the music we play inspires other young girls, but we also want it to make everyone feel like they can do anything, no matter their age.
The group are working on new music and will debut on national television on June 3 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Watch “Racist, Sexist Boy” below.