I recently learned of a local band that covers Misfits songs and accompanies them with “Star Wars”-themed lyrics. The band is called, fittingly, the MisFetts. I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to chat with MisFetts guitarist Micky Rivera, a senior music education major.
How long have you been playing guitar?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 14. I’m 24 now. So 10 years. I’ve been playing guitar for the MisFetts for just about over a year now.
Are you a founding member of the MisFetts?
I’m not. It used to be a two-piece band with just a singer, who played guitar, and the drummer. The way it came about was they did open mic night stuff and it got to the point where they were kind of running out of material, so they started covering the Misfits and the singer, Adam, decided to start using his own lyrics. Sometimes he would just say words that rhymed, but eventually it got to the point where he was just singing about “Star Wars” the whole time. So that’s how the MisFetts came about.
Do the MisFetts play a lot of local shows?
Surprisingly, we don’t. They’re [the band members] all from Bloomington-Normal; I’m the only one who’s not of the four of us. We usually play in Chicago.
How do you feel about the music scene here at ISU?
I know very little about it. Every time I go out to see bands it’s usually in Bloomington. But Firehouse is great. Every time I go there to listen to music I have a good time.
Been to any house shows?
I threw a house show last year and it was amazing. I just could never do it again. My house got trashed.
So it goes. What is your favorite “Star Wars” film and Misfits song?
My favorite movie is obviously “The Empire Strikes Back.” My favorite Misfits song is a song called “Bruiser.” It’s really catchy. It’s always stuck in my head and I’m always singing and playing along to it.
I’ve noticed recently that the Misfits fiend skull logo is on everything…
Yeah, it’s like the peace sign…
Exactly! How do you feel about that?
When I first started with the MisFetts, every time I saw the logo, I’d think “Oh! Maybe I can strike up a conversation with this person and tell them about my band!” But half the time they don’t even know what I’m talking about.
Tell me about the MisFetts lyric writing process.
We keep it silly. We know we’re not a serious band: we’re singing about “Star Wars” and playing horror punk. We just have fun with it.
“Don’t Open ‘Til Doomsday” is the name of a Misfits song. One day we were driving to a show in Michigan and we were trying desperately to come up with lyrics to this song because we really wanted to play it, but we didn’t have anything good. And then I’m like, “’How about ‘Don’t Force Choke Padme?’” At first we just kind of laughed about it, but finally we decided that was the only thing that worked. If it works, it works; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
Do you guys dress up or anything? Do you wear Stormtrooper or Boba Fett outfits or anything like that?
The singer is in the Mandalorian Mercs Nexus Clan. It’s a fan club where you create your own Boba Fett armor — you can style it however you want — you just have to buy a Boba Fett helmet and the amour, and you make the rest yourself out of cloth and plastic. He wore that once on stage but it got really hot. Our drummer is also joining the Mandalorian Mercs.
We had a show at the Castle Theatre last February where we had four Mandalorian Mercs come in full Boba Fett armor. And members of the 501st — which is a “Star Wars” fan club where you make your own suit of amour, but it has to be from the movie — they came too. So we had like a dozen Stormtroopers — we even had a Darth Vader — all on stage rocking out with us. It was pretty sweet.