Video for “Our Deal” Stars Gaggle of Up-&-Comers

15 08 2011

LA-based indie rockers Best Coast released Crazy For You a year ago, but their August 2 video for “Our Deal” is what grabbed my attention.

Singer/Songwriter Bethany Cosentino recruited drummer Ali Koehler (formerly of the Vivian Girls) and guitarist/bassist Bobb Bruno (also of Van Panda, Polar Goldie Cats and Crazy Boy USA) to flesh out her vision for the garage-infused surf-pop trio. 

They’ve garnered a stable fanbase, but performed largely under the radar with mainstream audiences– making a one-time appearance at number 10 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart for the week of August 14, 2010.

The group’s video for “Our Deal–” a song that, on it’s own, I just sort of like– is freaking awesome. It really feels more of a short film than a music video (both four and ten-minute versions exist).

Drew Barrymore directed the 4-minute clip, which plays out like West Side Story meets Grease meets Romeo & Juliet meets The Outsiders.

Thrilled was I to see that the cast did not feature one Twilight-er, nor any of the usual suspects when “Young Hollywood” is mentioned — no offense to Selena Gomez, Emma Watson, Jesse Eisenberg and all those other darlings. (But Miley, you’re on your own.)

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UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT EMBED THE VIDEO, BECAUSE DAILYMOTION IS SO RIDICULOUS WITH SHARING/FORMATTING. SO I GUESS JUST CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE AWESOMENESS THAT IS “OUR DEAL”
^^^BARRYMORE’S CREATION IS CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!^^^
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Some familiar faces:

Miranda Cosgrove (Night Crawler)
The 18-year-old Nickelodeon star (she plays the title role in the hit show iCarly) has also experienced success on the music charts. She sings the show’s theme song (wich also features former co-star Drake Bell) and is presently on tour following the release of her album “Sparks Fly.”
Cosgrove is featured more in the first part of the video, becoming a victim of the Night Crawler-Day Trotter feud.

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Chloe Grace Moretz (Night Crawler)
This pretty young thing made herself known after starring as Hit Girl in 2009’s action-comedy Kick Ass. At only 14, she has been featured in over two-dozen film and television roles after relocating with her family from Atlanta, GA.  
Moretz is arguably the star of “Our Deal,” playing the female half of the doomed couple.

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Alia Shawkat (Night Crawler)
Successful on the big and small screen for the last decade, Shawkat, 22, got her break on ABC Family’s series State of Grace which ran for two seasons (2001-2002).  She was later a fixture on Fox’s Arrested Development as Maeby Funke.
Seen more in the extended cut of Barrymore’s “Supervideo,” Shawkat appears as an elder of the Night Crawlers – leading the gang to avenge her sister’s (Cosgrove) beating.

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Shailene Woodley (Day Trotter)
Woodley, a native Californian, had small – but recurring – roles on The OC, Crossing Jordan, and The District before landing the part of young mother Amy Juergens on ABC Family’s Secret Life of the American Teenager.
She can be seen in “Our Deal” as a sassy, big-haired Day Trotter, prominently involved in the beating of Cosgrove.

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Tyler Posey (Day Trotter)
Currently the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Posey, 19, is the male lead of “Our Deal.”  He has tender moments with Chloe Moretz, and his part tragically conludes with the song.
Posey previously appeared in the television shows Lincoln Heights, Brothers & Sisters and Smallville. 


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Donald Glover (Day Trotter)
The oldest of the cast at 27, Glover is underused in each cut of the video. Recognizable from NBC’s Community, Glover has seen success on the other side of the cameras: writing for The Daily Show and performing stand-up.  Glover attended NYU, graduating in 2006 with a degree in Dramatic Writing.  He also dabbles in music, recording about a dozen tracks.

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