It's not every day that actress A-List star wanders backstage at a band's show and offers to direct a music video. But for Best Coast, it's old news. Lead singer for the indie-rock trio Bethany Cosentino told Rolling Stone earlier this year, "[Drew Barrymore] ended up coming backstage and we hung out...We were like, 'Okay, how can we work together?'"
With a celebrity director at the helm, Best Coast then recruited a slew of promising young actors through MTV's and Mean Magazine's Supervideo, a music video series that links up buzz bands with emerging red-carpet regulars. Other Supervideos have included Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick for LCD Soundsystem's "Pow Pow" and Emma Roberts and Dave Franco for up-and-coming band Cults' "Go Outside."
I'm just going to come out and say that I couldn't help but get a little emotional at the end of Best Coast's Drew-directed video, "Our Deal." (I'm a total sucker for a leather-jacketed bad girl, not to mention babes with pompadours.) The West Side Story-inspired plot pits stylish gangs against each other in an urban Los Angeles landscape, including the very same stretch of the dry L.A. River where the famous drag-race scene from Grease was shot. The star-crossed lovers--Night Creeper "Veronica" (Chloe Moretz, 500 Days of Summer, Kick-Ass) and Day Trotter "Lucky" (Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf)--fall for each other amid the rumble with cohorts Miranda Cosgrove (of iCarly fame), Donald glover (of NBC's Community's and rap group Childish Gambino), and Alia Shawkat of Arrested Development.
You can pretty much guess what happens at the end, but the classic romantic tragedy is still so bittersweet. Kudos to Barrymore for getting me all watery-eyed in my cubicle.
Check out Best Coast's latest video for "Our Deal" off their 2010 debut album Crazy For You below. What other stars can you spot? Would you rather be a Day Trotter or Night Creeper?