Latest Newsletter🍵 Chinese History Month in WARead


Epitaph Records Signs All-Girl Rock Band The Linda Lindas After ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ Goes Viral

    Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes

    Get our collection of Asian America's most essential stories, to your inbox daily, for free!

    Unsure? Check out our Newsletter Archive

    An all-girl teen punk rock band called The Linda Lindas land a label deal following their viral performance of “Racist, Sexist Boy.”

    Label deal: Epitaph Records recently signed them as its new artists, a representative from the company confirmed to Variety.

    • The Linda Lindas made heads turn for their mini-concert at the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) earlier this month as part of the celebration for AAPI Heritage Month, where they performed their single, “Racist, Sexist Boy.”
    • “A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy came up to me in my class and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people,” Mila said, explaining the story behind the song. “After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.”
    • Their set at the LAPL also consisted of the single they wrote for Netflix’s “The Claudia Kishi Club,” a cover of Muff’s “Big Mouth” and Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl,” which they performed in the Netflix film, “Moxie.”

    Who are The Linda Lindas: The all-girl punk rock band is made up of members Bela, Lucia, Eloise and Mila, whose ages range from 10 to 16 years old.

    • The group describe themselves on their social media accounts as “Half Asian / Half Latinx. Sisters, cousins and friends who play music together because it’s fun.”
    • The Linda Lindas started playing punk rock covers in 2018 and have opened for several bands, including Best Coast, Money Mark and Dils and Alley Cats. They were also requested by Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna to open for them in 2019.
    • Mila is the daughter of Grammy-winning producer-engineer Carlos de la Garza, who has previously worked with “Paramore, Cherry Glazerr, Best Coast and Bad Religion, whose guitarist Brett Gurewitz founded Epitaph.”
    • Eloise’s father, Martin Wong, is the “co-founder and editor of Giant Robot magazine.”

    Positive reception: The Linda Lindas’ “Racist, Sexist Boy” was well-received by many social media users, including Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, who called the single the “song of the day.”

    Featured Image via LA Public Library

    Support our Journalism with a Contribution

    Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

    Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

    However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

    We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way.  Thank you for everyone's support. We love you all and can't appreciate you guys enough.

    Support NextShark

    Mastercard, Visa, Amex, Discover, Paypal