Call them the anti-Miley Cyrus. Buzz is building for Care Bears on Fire, a trio of ninth-grade girls who write and sing their own material. A summer tour includes two dates at Lollapalooza.
First single, "Everybody Else," from the band's forthcoming CD, "Get Over It," is a spunky kiss-off to conformity with its "don't want to be like everybody else" refrain and is a must listen for teenage girls. This is truly Grrrrrrl power.
On his Sirius/XM radio show "The Underground Garage," Little Steven declared "Everybody Else" the "coolest song in the world" on last week's episode. Like most punk tunes, the song is charming in its simplicity and naivety.
We don't know if we'd go as far as Little Steven, but it's a relief to see teenage girls who look and act their age instead of appearing like Barbie Dolls or strippers in training. There are two videos of the song floating around: a performance clip with a cool "paint-by-numbers" theme and a trippy, deliberately (we hope) cheesy video featuring the girls playing their instruments popping out of checkerboard graphics and geometric collages. Check them out here and let us know which one you prefer.
CBoF have got considerable power behind them: they were signed to S-Curve Records by Steve Greenberg, who discovered Hanson and Joss Stone. The trio is managed by Danny Goldberg who used to manage a little band named Nirvana.
Care Bears on Fire will be violating their curfew all summer while on tour. The outing lasts until late August, just in time for the girls to get their back to school shopping done.
7/10 House of Blues San Diego, CA
7/11 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
7/12 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
7/14 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
7/16 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
7/18 House of Blues Dallas, TX
7/19 House of Blues Houston, TX
7/22 House of Blues New Orleans, LA
8/8 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
8/9 Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
8/14 Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT
8/15 House of Blues Boston, MA
8/16 Capital one Theatre Westbury,NY
8/29 The Fillmore New York, NY