Care Bears on Fire is a Brooklyn, New York-based band that consists of Sophie (vocals and guitar) and Izzy (drums). The group originally formed in 2005 with the Care Bears--singer-guitarist Sophie Kasakove, 11, bassist-singer Lucio Westmoreland, 11, guitarist Michael (Lyle) Kokiko, 11, singer-keyboardist August Rosenthal, 10, and drummer-singer Isadora "Izzy" Schappell-Spillman, 10, all classmates at Park Slope's Berkeley Carroll School. Lead guitarist Michael (Lyle) Kokiko and singer-keyboardist August Rosenthal left the band in 2006 due to creative differences. After their bass player, Lucio, departed from the band he was replaced with LuLu and lastly, Jena (who left in 2011). The band labels itself as a pop punk group, mixing in alternative and garage rock elements. The band released their first, full length LP, I Stole Your Animal on 28 September 2007, at a release party in Brooklyn. Their second album, Get Over It, was released in July 2009 on S-Curve Records.
Care Bears on Fire formed in 2005 when Sophie, Lucio and Izzy were in 5th grade. They went through a variety of names before settling on the name Care Bears on Fire "because they liked the idea of mixing something sweet with something edgy".
The band got their break when New York Magazine did a profile on the three in the summer of 2006. After this article was published, Care Bears on Fire shot into the limelight with sources such as Spin Magazine calling Care Bears "...key players in the burgeoning New York kid-core scene..." As time pressed on, their gigging schedule picked up, and were eventually playing regular shows. They released their first EP, Confuse Me on Beautiful Records at a show in 2006,which quickly sold out.
I Stole Your Animal era:
In February 2007, the aspiring trio had their Manhattan debut at Pianos, an event which wasn't advertised as all ages, however most of the crowd had been much older than any of the band members. Shortly after their Big Apple debut, the band began working on new material.
The band formally released their debut LP album, I Stole Your Animal on 2 October 2007, and four days prior at a release party in Manhattan. The album received positive reviews from critics,with publications such as Detour stating that "The songs are catchy, with an earnest rhythm section backing up the same big guitar chords the grownup garage-punk bands use," and Anna Creech Blogcritics Magazine praising the album as "a must-have for modern rock fans."
Sophie is featured on a 2007 Converse ad, playing an acoustic version of their song, "Everybody Else".
Get Over It!:
Care Bears on Fire released their second full-length album Get Over It!, on S-Curve Records July 14, 2009. While the band wrote most of the material themselves, they collaborated with Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger and Travis Clark of We The Kings on a handful of songs. The album also includes a new version of the song "Everybody Else," produced by Steve Greenberg and S*A*M and Sluggo, which was released on iTunes as a single in January 2009. The band played the Bamboozle Festival in Spring 2009. Their "I Don't Wanna Be Like Everybody Else" was featured as the "coolest song in the world" of the week on Steven Van Zandt's globally syndicated radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage, that year.
They were touring with Nat and Alex Wolff in July/August 2009 and have recently been featured on KidzBop.com's "Artists 2 Know"
TV guest appearances:
On November 14, 2009, they guest starred on Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP, which also guest starred Justin Bieber. Their music video, "Everybody Else" is also shown on TeenNick (formerly known as The N).
On an episode of Nickelodeon's Victorious, the band was featured in a scene where they're stuck in an RV; when one of the characters are on the floor and check the thermometer, the picture from the cover of Get Over It is displayed.
On August 26, 2009, the band appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman.
They also had a long stint on the music section of "Channel One News".
They also appeared on the YouTube Channel "Smart Girls" and were interviewed by Amy Poehler.
Their cover of the Tears for Fears song "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" was the closing credits song for the True Blood episode of the same name.
Lead singer Sophie recently debuted an online zine called Grrrl Beat to give people the opportunity to read and contribute articles about music, culture, fashion, art, books, and feminism. It also creates a space where young artists and musicians can post their work and receive feedback from the online community.