Punk rock girl group The Linda Lindas, who went viral last year for their performance at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Cypress Park Branch, introduced their debut album by returning to the library for a performance for NPR’s Tiny Desk (home) Concert series.
The Linda Lindas consists of four adolescent girls, sisters Mila and Lucia de la Garza, their cousin Eloise Wong and family friend Bela Salazar. All four members are between the ages of 11 and 17. The group first got together in 2018 as a part of a cover band formed by Kristin Kontrol of “Dum Dum Girls.”
The four girls then formed their own group and went viral last year for their live performance at the Los Angeles Public Library of their song “Racist, Sexist Boy,” which has accumulated over 1.3 million views since being uploaded to YouTube in May of last year.
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Mila, who was 10 years old at the time of their viral performance, said “Racist, Sexist Boy” was inspired by her experience with a boy in her class at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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. “After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.”
The song was written by Eloise with the help of Mila and took five hours to complete over a Zoom call.
For their new debut album “Growing Up,” which was released on April 8, the group did a Tiny Desk (home) Concert, this time returning to the Los Angeles Central Library, to perform songs from their debut album and finishing off their set with another rendition of “Racist, Sexist Boy.”
Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series by NPR Music that features live performances from artists all over the U.S. and other countries. The series offers fans a chance to listen to their favorite artists perform in “stripped-down sets” with an “intimate setting.”