Yesterday we published our interview with Demi Lovato, and today we are publishing our interview with the band that performed at Shop Til You Rock event-Care Bears On Fire. Sadly, only two of them(Izzy and Sophie) was able to perform at the Shop Til You Rock event at North Point Mall on July 24th. I know that I enjoyed this interview with the Care Bears On Fire and I think it really shows that they care about their fans. Enough of the introduction and straight onto the interview punk all girl band Care Bears On Fire!
Sarah: Ok, we’re here with 2 of the members from Care Bears On Fire. First of all, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to come to this interview.
Sophie: Thank you
Sarah: My first question is: tell us about how you got started.
Sophie: Alright. Well, me and Izzy have known each other since kindergarten. We went to school together, and we started playing together since 4th grade with a bunch of different people. And we finally met Jena, our bassist who’s not here right now. And um yeah, we just met her 2 years ago, and we’ve just been playing (music) around ever since.
Sarah: As teenagers, do you find it harder to be taken seriously in the music industry?
Izzy: Um, I feel as teenagers in the music business sometimes as our opinions aren’t taken seriously and push us along with the crowd and say like you know “Do this, you wouldn’t know better”. But also as teenagers, we’re getting exposed to a lot of incredible experiences and places really young.
Sarah: Tell us about your album Get Over It.
Sophie: Alright, so our album Get Over It came out last summer, a year ago. And see…what can I say about it? Well our single on the album was Everybody Else.
Izzy: It was a lot of fun.
Sophie: Awesome. A lot of fun.
Sarah: How did it feel to collaborate with 2 well-established musicians (Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne and Travis Clark from We The Kings) on your latest album?
Izzy: We felt really really lucky to collaborate with really great musicians. Doing the process of the album is really cool with people such as Travis and Adam…
Sophie: And Jill..
Izzy: And Jill Cunniff from Luscious Jackson. People who are really really great song writers and who can a lot about you know, the craft of songwriting.
Sarah: What are your plans for the band next year?
Sophie: Next year? That’s a good question… Well, we have an EP coming out in the fall.
Sophie: Right, October. Yeah, we’ve been working on that. It has 3 originals and 1 cover. We’re very excited about that. And we’re also going back to school, so….
Izzy: Great! Sophmore year.
Sophie: Oh yes. So, you know we’re playing to promote the album. And we love playing around New York City and traveling and doing all sorts of stuff.
Izzy: So hopefully in a year we will yield, you know, exciting possiibilities
Sarah: Who are your influences?
Izzy: Aright, I’d say our inflences range from some of the early punk bands such as like the Ramones. We’re also into riot grrl bands and we’re also into Bratmobile and the whole DIY movement. We’re also really into lots of other bands, like our personal tastes.
Sophie: I’m inspired by Patty Smith as a writer.
Izzy: She’s our idol.
Sophie: I just read her book, its incredible.
Izzy: So incredible. She’s incredible.
Sophie: I also love Jack White as a guitarist. He’s like incredible.
Izzy: So there are a lot of different areas of which we’re influenced.
Sarah: Would you say that’s what makes your music different from the rest of today’s music? Because of all your different influences?
Sophie: Yeah, I think that our influences are very important to us. I mean like, I don’t think that when we write songs we say “I want this song to be an ode to Patty Smith”. But I think growing up with music and you know being inspired by musicians really does impact our playing and what we want to write about.
Izzy: Once we sit down and write songs, its essentially our feelings and our experiences but we definitely draw on certain moods or elements of certain music we like.
Sarah: Do you think there should be more female rockers and rock bands out there?
Sophie: Of course.
Sophie: Definitely. Its not a question. There is such a sad lack of females in rock music and its quite depressing to us.
Izzy: And a lot of girls are told like “You can be a pop star if you look and act a this way”. We feel that its important that you show an alternative, that you can be cool and talented by actually expressing who you really are.
Sarah: I totally agree with that.
Izzy laughs a little.
Sarah: What is your biggest dream for the band?
Sophie: The biggest dream for the band? I don’t know, I think maybe like…
Izzy: Conquer the world(musically)
Sarah: What has been the best part of the ride so far?
Sophie: Inspiring our fans.
Sarah: What advice would you give to hopeful future rock stars?
Izzy: Work hard and stay true to yourself.
Sarah: Again, thank you for taking the time out for this interview.
Both: No problem at all!