Label: Epitaph Records
Released: 8th April 2022
It could be the first time you heard The Linda Lindas was when they were hitting out at stupid racist boys in a library. It might be it was when they were ripping up a Netflix movie, before they’d even got round to really releasing much of anything at all. Whatever way the introduction came, it’s likely that two revelations arrived with it – ‘bloody hell, they’re young’ and ‘blimey, they’re amazing’.
Forming as members of a new wave cover band of kids for Girlschool LA in 2018, and quickly recalibrating as their own garage punk gang 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), The Linda Lindas are a band for whom age really is just a number.
‘Growing Up’ isn’t an album with caveats or disclaimers. There’s no ‘…for a band so young’ about it. By any measure, it’s remarkable. A record that doesn’t just hold its own amongst peers, but barges past them with unerring confidence, The Linda Lindas are proof that rock’s old boys’ club’s time is up.