Viral Los Angeles teen sensation The Linda Lindas have officially signed to iconic punk label Epitaph Records, and have also booked their first late-night TV gig. The independent label -- home to 1-2-3-4 stalwarts such as Bad Religion, Rancid, The Offspring, Pennywise and dozens of others -- announced the news on Thursday (May 27), a week after a video of the band's raging original about confronting high school xenophobia and sexism, "Racist, Sexist Boy," exploded on YouTube.
According to a release, Epitaph approached 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") several months before their daytime set at the Los Angeles Public Library blew up. The socially conscious group's music quickly earned the attention and thumbs-ups from a number of major supporters, including Paramore's Hayley Williams, the Roots' Questlove, Silversun Pickups, Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
"With their explosive and authentic collision of garage-punk, power-pop, and new wave, The Linda Lindas are an exciting new addition to the Epitaph roster," the label said. Singer Lucia added, "Epitaph offered us full creative control and they’re really supportive of what we want to do as a band. We’re really happy about signing with them, and we can’t wait to put out more music."