There are a lot of things kids aren't old enough to do, but one thing they absolutely can do is fight the power with guitars and righteous lyrics. That's the tactic deployed by fierce four-person Los Angeles punk band The Linda Lindas, who have turned a raging performance at the L.A. Public Library into a cause célèbre that has landed them more than 340,000 views and, reportedly, a deal with legendary punk label Epitaph Records.
The group consists of guitarist-singer Lucia, 14, an eighth grader ("Linda No. 3"); bassist-singer Eloise, 13, a seventh grader ("Linda Linda No. 2); fifth grade drummer-singer Mila, 10 ("Linda Linda No. 4); and guitarist-singer Bela, 16, a junior ("Linda Linda No. 1"). In the video for their song "Racist Sexist Boy" that blew up on YouTube recently, Mila and Eloise talk about how the song was inspired by an experience with racism at their school.
“A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy in my class came up to me and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people,” Mila said in the video. “After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.”