Punk rock girl group The Linda Lindas, who went viral last year for their performance at the Cypress Park branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, showcased their debut album as they returned to the library for a performance for the series NPR’s Tiny Desk (home) concert hall.
The Linda Lindas consist of four teenage girls, sisters Mila and Lucia de la Garza, their cousin Eloise Wong and family friend Bela Salazar. The four members are between 11 and 17 years old. The group first formed in 2018 as 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 racked up over 1.3 million views since it was uploaded to Youtube in May last year.
Mila, who was 10 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.
“Shortly before the lockdown, a boy came up to me in my class and told me his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people,” Mila said. “After I told him I was Chinese, he walked away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.
The song was written by Eloise with help from Mila and took five hours to complete via a Zoom call.
For their new album “Growing Up”, which was released on April 8, the group made a Concert Tiny Desk (house)returning this time to the Los Angeles Central Library, to perform songs from their debut album and end their set with another rendition of “Racist, Sexist Boy”.
Tiny Desk Concerts is a video series from NPR Music that features live performances from artists across the United States and other countries. The series offers fans a chance to hear their favorite artists perform in “stripped-down sets” with an “intimate setting.”
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