The Linda Lindas, Kathi Wilcox, Erica Dawn Lyle And Vice Cooler Release Lost In Thought; Land Trust: Benefit For The NEFOC Out Now

The Linda Lindas

After spending the past month teasing their upcoming record LAND TRUST: Benefit for The NEFOC (available exclusively on Bandcamp) – Bikini Kill’s Erica Dawn Lyle and The Raincoats’ Vice Cooler will finally release their debut album on Friday, June 3, along with the video premiere of the album’s latest single, the all-out punk banger “Lost in Thought.” This song is the duo’s collaboration with The Linda Lindas and Bikini Kill’s Kathi Wilcox – thereby connecting the dots between multiple generations of punk legends.

“Lost in Thought” brings out the punk roots of The Linda Lindas (collectively made up of teenagers Eloise Wong, Lucia de la Garza, Mila de la Garza and Bella Salazar), who deliver chaotic, high energy vocals that are complemented by Cooler’s animalistic drumming, and Lyle’s fierce punk riffs which are grounded by Kathi Wilcox’s smooth bassline. Cooler says of the collaboration, “I grew up learning to drum to records that Wilcox played on. It was a surreal experience to get to work with someone who has written so many great songs. And The Linda Lindas feel similarly – and they really elevated the collaboration.”

LAND TRUST: Benefit for The NEFOC

Lucia of The Linda Lindas commented on the songwriting process: “We all liked the idea of a call-and-response vocal thing in the verse, which really just took after the instrumental part. It’s about feeling overwhelmed by everything bottled up in your brain and getting so lost in yourself you become unaware of your surroundings.”

While the song is mostly grounded in its punk backbeat, the bridge builds its intensity with all of the vocals yelling and drenched in reverb over total feedback. Bella chimes in: “In the bridge, there’s this chaos. It’s meant to represent how sometimes there are so many ideas or thoughts or just things on your mind, which gets so busy, and it’s supposed to feel like just the right amount of too much.”

The video, directed by Cooler, sees the song through a SoCal / skate punk lens. It was shot while all of the artists were still in quarantine – however it didn’t stop them from having fun at the shoot. The Linda Lindas’ Mila recounts her experience:  “We got to jump around and we even had a little circle pit. There were skateboards, cartwheels, dancing, cool poses, and hanging upside down on monkey bars. We checked all the boxes!” Cooler agrees, “We had a really positive afternoon filming. We shot everyone in under one hour!”

While all of the artists involved have worked to raise funds for various organizations they believe in, this song in particular is a benefit for NEFOC – a small Indigenous-led group who acquire land in order to return it to Indigenous nations and POC farmers. They help farmers purchase the land and set up legal land trust structures so that the land is collectively owned in perpetuity. They also help fund the start up of farms. And lastly they lobby big corporate landholders to simply give land back to Indigenous and POC groups. All of the money from the record will go to the purchase of new land.

Eloise had this to say: “It’s the best when people not only make music that sounds cool, but music that can actually make a difference. All I want is to be able to make a difference and effect change in the world, and music provides a great outlet for us to do that. It’s so awesome to think, even if it’s just one song, music can be so powerful and do so much.”

Erica Dawn Lyle & Vice Cooler’s debut collaboration Land Trust: Benefit for The NEFOC is out June 3 on Bandcamp and features numerous guest artists, including Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Alice Bag & Kelley Deal. 

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