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Finally, the Care Bears on Fire are not just for kids anymore.

The Park Slope–based trio — newly reconfigured as an all-girl band — is about to play its highest-profile gig ever: a Saturday night, all-ages, leave-the-stuffed-animals-at-home show at the Bell House.

But first, a little unfinished business.

Guitarist Lucio (no last names, please — they’re all barely teenagers!) left the band last year and has been replaced by Jena, a Manhattanite who, at 14, is the oldest Bear ever. She’ll play bass.

What happened to Lucio?

“We had creative differences and he went in a different direction,” said Izzy, 13, in an exclusive sit-down with GO Brooklyn over lattes and muffins at the Cocoa Bar in Park Slope.

Wait a second; did a 13-year-old just use the term “creative differences”? Yes, she did.

“He wanted to do other things,” added Sophie, who has taken over guitarist duties.

You know what? Take it from this CBOF fan, he never fit in anyway. I mean, how can the Izzy and Sophie be expected to sing “Five Minute Boyfriend” or their new instant classic, “Boy Song #1,” with a real live boy around?

“Now that we’re an all-girl group, we can feel freer,” said Izzy. “Like on ‘Boy Song #1.’ It’s about how boys are just as insecure as girls.”

With the loss of Lucio came a few major gains: the remaining Care Bears are better musicians than they were just one year ago, when they played to packed (though typically afternoon) houses at the BAM Cafe and other family-friendly venues. And they’ve even better than when they played before 7,000 people in England.

“We changed and grown up so much,” said Izzy.

Did a 13-year-old just get wistful about growing old? “Well, when you’re 13 and you’re talking about stuff that happened two years ago, it’s actually a long time ago,” she added.

Now the band is on S-Curve Records (yes, they got a record deal and you didn’t), which will put out the trio’s still-untitled new album this summer with a ramped-up, smoothed-out, still–kick-ass version of “Everybody Else.”

That tune was also on the band’s 2007 debut LP, “I Stole Your Animal,” which included the creepy, but seminal, “Met You on Myspace.” It was also in a Converse ad (go ahead, call them sellouts!).

Will success ruin the Care Bears on Fire? Izzy and Sophie are only 13, but, believe it or not, they’re thinking about it.

“We need to stay raw and authentic and not compromise who we are,” said Izzy.

Not compromise? But isn’t that what being an adult is all ab—? Oh, never mind. They’ve got plenty of time to learn.

“We won’t change, we won’t go Disney,” added Sophie. “We’re girls who rock. We want to show girls that girls can be cool.”

Wow, rebels at age 13. With muffins and lattes.

Care Bears on Fire at the Bell House [149 Seventh St., between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Jan. 24, 9 pm. Tickets are $10.

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TG from Park Slope says:
Sorry to disagree with you here Mr. Kuntzman but Care Bears are still for kids and are not an adult band. I've seen them perform along with other local kid and teen bands and as talented as CBOF may be, I can't imagine listening to one of their CD's in the comfort of my apartment. If you are truly a CBOF fan, how could you say that Lucio never fit in and that the girls are NOW better musicians?! As if he were holding them back or something? It's obviously quite the opposite since the girls are quoted as saying they parted because of "creative differences". You're an amazing musician Lucio...Good Luck in your music career. I find it hard to believe that if Disney offered CBOF or any up and coming band something, that they would turn it down.
Jan. 24, 2009, 8:27 pm
LS from Tribeca says:
Care Bears On Fire are 3 girls who know how to rock. they are authentic, edgy and adorable. i just picked up a free download of their single here: http://iheartmusic.com/download_center/data/register.html?id=117 i do agree that if disney offered them something, they would not turn it down. who can turn down disney?
Jan. 28, 2009, 11:27 am
breanna from diana says:
i love care bears on fire there the ones i look up 2 im only twelve and im a vocalist its a good carrer keep on keepin on
July 23, 2009, 12:04 pm
Dust from Idaho says:
I just watched CBOF on Letterman tonight. It was the first time I ever heard of them, and it prompted me to look into them. I think they have a great, unique talent. They are excellent performers, and are very good with their instruments. I agree with TG that I don't see myself listening to their CD, but some bands achieve their success by being great performers, not necessarily with great music.
Aug. 27, 2009, 2:57 am
Lindz from Pine Bluff, Ark says:
I've heard of CBOF but i never heard their music til one night i was watching True Jackson VP and they were on there with Justin Bieber and the girl's song they played called 'Everybody Else' was amazing.

I don't know why anyone would think they suck cause they don't. I'm 14yrs old and i have a new band i can look up to that the members are close to/are my age!

Care Bears On Fire are not the only band that started off young, the Jonas Brother's first got signed on as a band when Nick was 12, && what about The Naked Brothers Band?? They started of at the age of 8, 6, and 12! (Nat Wolff[age 8 now is 14 almost 15], Alex Wolff [age 6 now is 12], David Levi [age 8 now is 15], Thomas Batuello [age 8 now is 15], Qaasim Middleton [age 8 now is 14 or 15], && the wonderful bass player, Alexandra 'Allie' DiMeco a.k.a. Rosalina [age 12 now is 17])

Trust me, I know good music when I hear it.
I can't do anything without listening to music.
Nov. 21, 2009, 12:28 am
stella from vancouver says:
i love care bears on fire but i didt know about them till my friend( who i can not mention the name of told me about them and i do think lucio was good but know there three rockin girls that can do anything they set there minds to
goooooooooooooooo care bears on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 26, 2010, 5:51 pm
stella from vancouver says:
ahhhh! i forgot the other bracket
June 26, 2010, 5:52 pm
Raymond from Somewhere out there? says:
These chicks are awesome, first heard them on True Jackson VP, and love their music greatly. Gotta also give credits to Lemonade Mouth, these two bands rock, even though Lemonade Mouth isn't a band. Funniest thing mentioned was the 'We won't go Disney' part.
May 28, 2011, 10:15 pm

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