Mandi Bierly
March 19, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Care Bears on Fire, an all-girl punk trio (and we do mean girl — their ages 13 to 14), have shot an official video for their single “Everybody Else.” It makes me wonder if I would’ve been friends with them when I was in junior high…or if, as I fear even today, they’re too cool for me.

The video has a paint-by-numbers theme, which makes me feel guilty for loving those things when I was young. I didn’t get that they were about conformity and selling a pre-packaged view of beauty and art. Yep, these Brooklyn girls, who were featured in New York magazine when they were 10 and 11, are definitely cooler than I am. If you haven’t heard the track yet, give the video a play. You’ll dig the beat, lead singer’s Sophie’s adorably badass Joan Jett vibe, and the defiant-but-age-appropriate lyrics: “Don’t tell me to be quiet, to be a good girl/ Want to see more of this wild, wild world / Don’t learn anythin’ sittin’ at home/ Want to be free, I want to roam.” I wish I had discovered punk at that age…. An album will follow later this year.

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