Teen punk band whose ‘Racist Sexist Boy’ song went viral signs with Epitaph Records

Days after their performance recorded in the Los Angeles Public Library went viral, The Linda Lindas have signed with Epitaph Records, Variety reports.

The band, which includes 10-year-old Mila, 13-year-old Eloise, 14-year-old Lucia, and 16-year-old Bela, has been a presence in the punk scene for a while now, and most notably opened for 90s American punk band Bikini Kill at a reunion show in 2019. When I first heard The Linda Lindas last week as their song “Racist Sexist Boy” blew up on social media, I was taken with how legit their sound is. As a kid who grew up in the Southern California punk rock and skateboarding scene in the mid-to-late 80s, the grittily undulating guitar chords and sinisterly irreverent vocals instantly reminded me of bands like Suicidal Tendencies, JFA (Jodie Foster’s Army) and others.

From Variety:

While Epitaph is certainly a perfect musical fit for a band that proudly continues the nearly 50-year legacy of Los Angeles punk rock, the signing is appropriate for other reasons, too: Mila’s dad is Grammy-winning producer-engineer Carlos de la Garza, who has worked with dozens of acts but most prominently Paramore, Cherry Glazerr, Best Coast and Bad Religion, whose guitarist Brett Gurewitz founded Epitaph. Eloise’s father is Martin Wong, co-founder and editor of Giant Robot magazine.

Sky Palma

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