With Mexican and Salvadoran roots in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, Angelica Garcia has spent the last few years creating a new, second family for herself within the welcoming community of Richmond, VA.
Angelica Garcia has signed to Spacebomb Records (Bedouine, Matthew E. White), and the releases her first two singles, “It Don’t Hinder Me,” an anthem celebrating her roots that blends Wall of Sound pop and Southern rock and “Karma the Knife,” a reggaeton-meets-dancehall earworm.
“It Don’t Hinder Me” arrives alongside a new Spencer Ford-directed video filmed in the surrounding neighborhoods of Garcia’s family’s home in El Monte, CA, featuring family photos and shots at local favorites like Tyler Market and Tacos El Arco.
Garcia explains, “‘It Don’t Hinder Me' is a song about being proud of where I come from. I went to a magnet school that united different sectors of Los Angeles County, everything from Pasadena to West LA to El Monte & more inland. The school mixed kids from different backgrounds. Back then I often saw myself as not being cool like the kids of screenwriters and stars. This song rebukes the idea that you have to come from glamour or money to be cool. My ‘beautiful’ and ‘cool’ version of LA is the immigrant household of my grandparents.'”
Like Lorde, Billie Eilish and Rosalía, Angelica isn’t afraid to tear pages out of her diary and express emotions that might be difficult and oftentimes daunting to share.
Garcia has recently toured with and supported acts like Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, Natalie Prass, and Violent Femmes. She pulls inspiration from her experience growing up in the predominantly immigrant Latinx communities of southern California.
The two new singles produced by Eddie Pendergast (a long time co-writer of Matthew E. White) showcase Garcia in her creative element.