Epitaph (2022) US
The Linda Lindas first played together as members of a pickup new wave cover band of kids assembled by Kristin Kontrol (Dum Dum Girls) for Girlschool LA in 2018 and then formed their own garage punk group just for fun. Sisters Mila de la Garza (drummer) and Lucia de la Garza (guitar), cousin Eloise Wong (bass), and family friend Bela Salazar (guitar) developed their chops as regulars at all-ages matinees in Chinatown, where they played with original L.A. punks like The Dils, Phranc, and Alley Cats; went on to open for riot grrrl legends Bikini Kill and architect Alice Bag as well as DIY heavyweights Best Coast and Bleached; and were eventually featured in Amy Poehler's movie Moxie.
A product of generations of underground music in L.A. and beyond, The Linda Lindas' full-length debut Growing Up channels classic punk, post punk, power pop, new wave, and other surprises into timelessly catchy and cool songs sung by all four members – each with her own style and energy. Mila and Lucia's dad (and Eloise's uncle and Bela's "uncle") Carlos de la Garza oversaw recording and production. The Grammy-winning producer has worked with the likes of Paramore, Bad Religion, Best Coast, and Bleached.