The final we checked in with teenage lady power-punk band The Linda Lindas, they had been tearing up the Los Angeles Public Library (Cypress Park department) with their lockdown-hit “Racist, Sexist Boy.” After eleven-year-old drummer Mila de Garza recounted the xenophobic encounter that led to the tune, the band unleashed some true noisy angst befitting a bunch twice their age. It was the tune of rage we would have liked on the time, the clip went viral, they usually quickly bought a file deal. Alongside the best way, they’ve appeared in Amy Poehler’s documentary, contributed to a observe by Finest Coast, opened for Bikini Kill, performed Jimmy Kimmel Stay, and obtained accolades from Thurston Moore and Tom Morello of Rage In opposition to the Machine.
Simply over a yr later, and The Linda Lindas are again within the library as a part of NPR’s Tiny Desk live performance sequence. Normally Tiny Desk gigs options an artist enjoying within the very cramped places of work of the radio station, however as issues are nonetheless not 100% protected, The Linda Lindas opted for the place they know properly, this time enjoying on the Los Angeles Central Library department.
This band isn’t any one-off. The de Garza sisters, together with their cousin Eloise Wong and buddy Bela Salazar, fashioned in 2018 and have been enjoying ever since. Evaluate the step up in confidence and band interaction on this newer model of “Racist, Sexist Boy,” with which they shut the set.
Earlier than that The Linda Lindas carry out songs from their new album Rising Up, together with the poppy Spanish ballad “Cuántas Veces”, the pop-punk “Speaking to Myself,” and the title observe. The band’s lyrics are trustworthy, absent pretension, and whereas lots of the considerations are common, the album is certainly born out of COVID-era anxiousness. Should you’re questioning how these years are affecting these coming of age presently, the album is important.
And, hey youngsters, there’s nonetheless out there (not on the reside playlist however as a single on bandcamp) “Nino,” a harmony-filled ode to their pet cat.
By the best way, there aren’t many different rock bands enjoying in libraries, however we did discover one whereas looking out the intertubes: it’s The Conflict’s Mick Jones enjoying a solo electrical set of his hits. It’s only one extra reminder to help your native library—you by no means know who may flip up.
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Ted Mills is a contract author on the humanities who at present hosts the Notes from the Shed podcast and is the producer of KCRW’s Curious Coast. You can too comply with him on Twitter at @tedmills, and/or watch his movies right here.