Oh!, a spiky dose of riot grrrl ferocity, kicks things off, with more sprightly punk ditties offered up by the way of Talking To Myself and the title-track, both of which are well put together and oozing fun. The Linda Lindas also showcase a more aggressive sound, like on heavy punk number Fine and the attitude-fuelled Why. Those consistent mood-shifts come to a head on pissed-off, dissonant closing track Racist, Sexist Boy, a furious anti-hate anthem which demonstrates The Linda Lindas at their most affecting.
There’s nothing new on offer here by way of sonic innovation, but that matters little. The Linda Lindas know what they are – energetic, enthusiastic and effortlessly cool – and the confidence with which these 10 tracks are delivered is proof this is just the beginning. There’s some growing up to be done, but right now, The Linda Lindas are revelling in the joys of youth, and it sounds great.
For fans of: Bikini Kill, Dream Nails, The Tuts
Growing Up is released April 8 via Epitaph