Back in 2015, guitar and bass player Téa Campbell met drummer Ada Juarez through YouTube—after watching her popular channel, where she covered a number of pop punk songs. It wasn’t long before they started auditioning singers and found Edith Johnson. The band began collaborating remotely over the next three years, writing songs over text, before going on their first tour in 2018. Their goal, aside from playing kickass music, is to be the role models they didn’t see in the scene.
The band even caught the attention of All Time Low’sAlex Gaskarth and The Wonder Years’ Dan “Soupy” Campbell, who upon hearing their single “Garden” both reached out to Johnny Minardi, the VP of A&R over at Elektra Records, to see if he had signed the band yet. According to Buzzfeed, MMATA is the first all female Black and Latinx band signed to the label. Out of around 80 acts, Fueled By Ramen has only a few that prominently feature BIPOCs so far. In a genre that is typically dominated by straight, cis, white guys (shocking), MMATA defies the norms and shows people of any color, gender, or orientation, that they can do the damn thing!
“Garden” definitely says it right, if you “Hold on til the morning, forget all the scoring, your flowers will finally grow.”