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February 2008

photo credit: Rose Callahan

Care Bears On Fire

H.E.A.R. is thrilled to honor the Care Bears On Fire

Sophie (lead vocals, guitarist, 12 years old), Lucio (bass-man, 13 years old) and Izzy (drummer, 12 years old) met in kindergarten, where they mostly ignored each other, despite the fact that while the other kids were bopping along to Raffi, they were pogo-ing to the Ramones.


It wasn’t until 4th grade that the three started jamming together in Lucio’s basement, and, with another friend, formed the short-lived band Nada Clue. In the fall of 5th grade they re-formed as a trio, started writing their own songs and became Care Bears On Fire.


Now in the 7th grade, the pop-punk tween trio is one of the coolest and most exciting indie-rock bands making music today.The San Francisco Chronicle describes their early American punk sound as “CBGB’s circa 1975.” It’s punk meets garage, straight out of a Brooklyn basement.

Or as SPIN puts it,  “With their blasé vocals and two chord vamps, this trio are old-school classicists dressed up in itty bitty Chuck Taylors. Grumpy Bear might not be happy, but our ears are.”


If their first EP “Confuse Me” (Beautiful Records, 2006) established them as part of a new breed of rock n’ roll youth, their debut album release “I Stole Your Animal” (Daisy Explosion Records, 2007) produced by Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Frank Black) pushes them to the front of the pack. Just to make it all official-like, NYLON Magazine anointed CBOF as one of the best New York new bands in its June International Music Issue.


Described as both “the love children of Joan Jett and Richard Hell” (Metromix) and the “wiseass kid siblings of Bad Brains” (The Miami New Times), CBOF have become favorites on the New York club scene. Winning over even the most jaded hipsters with their authentic punk spirit and songs that capture the experience of being a kid in 2008 with attitude and humor. That and the fact that, as NYLON points out that they possess a “confidence and ease on stage that most performers achieve only after countless gigs.”


Today, tunes like “Met You On MySpace”—a quirky cautionary tale about the dangers of online intimacy, “Five Minute Boyfriend,” and their first single “Everybody Else” (noted as a "standout track" in Billboard's Top Ten Critics' Choice poll) are finding their way on to college and indie radio play lists across the country.  In the past year CBOF has been featured on NPR, been splashed on the front page of USA Today, and lead singer Sophie featured in Converse’s acclaimed Three Chord commercial, performing an unplugged version of “Everybody Else.”


As the song’s chorus goes: “Nanananananana, don’t want to be like everybody else.”  It’s clear. Care Bears on Fire aren’t like everybody else. They’re the real deal.