I Set My Friends On Fire ‘Things That Rhyme With Orange’ — Video Premiere
I Set My Friends On Fire are out to make the world a nicer place–through their videos and their music. Take their monster-laced video for “Things That Rhyme With Orange” for example.
“I guess I just wanted to show people that you can be friends with anyone,” ISMFOF lead singer Matt Mihana told Noisecreep from their Pa. Warped Tour stop. “No matter what they look like, no matter what’s their race, what planet they’re from, you can totally always find some common interest with somebody else, no matter what. There’s always at least one thing. I guess that’s what the video’s trying to portray.”
The song appears on the two-year-old band’s 2008 debut album ‘You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter.’ The track reflects Mihana’s feelings about his years in high school.
“When I was in high school, I didn’t really talk to that many kids,” said Mihana, 19. “I was the observer. I would just kind of sit there and watch people–how they spoke and how they acted and reacted to things. The song is about this loser kid–I’m not saying I’m a loser–who doesn’t fit in with society that well. He figures, ‘Oh man, these kids they’re kind of cool. I kind of want to fit in.’ Toward the end of the song, he decides, ‘I’d rather do my own thing because, like, whatever you guys are partaking in isn’t really cool at all.'”
The video, he said, doesn’t reflect the tune’s subject matter at all.
“But in the beginning the kid just has a girlfriend,” said Mihana, who is joined in the band by 20-year-old Nabil Moo, who does backing vocals, instruments, programming and arrangements.
“She’s kind of cute in the video. You wouldn’t really suspect that. The two kids are bullying him. Why would you bully him? Obviously he’s not that cool or the kids are, like, huge f—. Then the monster in that video, what we’re trying to show is that people know the monster but they don’t really like the monster that much. Since they know him it’s ok for him to just walk around people, they won’t be freaked out. They both become friends. Both of them don’t really get along with society as well. They just become friends.
“Basically, what we’re doing is we’re trying to change the way people think about things sometimes. We’re not just writing stupid, like, crappy lyrics or making crappy videos.”