As many of you probably know by now, one of my favorite screenwriters is Lorene Scafaria–she’s the writer responsible for the brilliant adaptation of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist and the auteur behind the significantly underrated and significantly beautiful film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World–and it should be no surprise, seeing as she’s good friends with Diablo Cody.
One of the most severely underappreciated actors in Hollywood is Adam Brody, who first turned heads as scene-stealing, Death Cab-loving, much-prettier-version-of-me Seth Cohen on The O.C. and continues to impress in films like Jennifer’s Body and In the Land of Women.
Jonathan Sadoff, along with Rob Simonsen, composed the score for Seeking a Friend. He also graduated from the best school in the world, USC, and scored the feature directorial debuts of both James Franco and Michael Keaton.
What do these three people have in common? They were all a part of Seeking a Friend, and they are all in a band called The Shortcoats. Scafaria takes on lead vocals and keys, Brody’s on drums, and Sadoff covers guitar, bass and production.
With just under 200 likes on Facebook (I was #194, just in case I have an excuse to brag about this later…not that I would or anything, I mean I’m not gonna be that guy…), The Shortcoats are under the radars of even the hippest of hipsters. I don’t really understand why. From their lone 5-song EP, I can easily tell that their melodies evoke the best of indie rock from the 80s with a modern spin (as the band members’ particular tastes would indicate), and their lyricism is unsurprisingly equal parts rhythmic and relatable, much like Scafaria’s dialogue. The lo-fi feel of the intricately choreographed backing tracks provide a worthy, rangy dynamic canvas for Scafaria’s unique, raw vocal style. There’s no unnecessary flair to the proceedings, but there’s a definite care for the details and little touches that really round out a good EP.
P.S: Scafaria has also released two awesome solo albums that I can’t stop listening to at the moment, and Brody is also in the band Big Japan, with fellow underrated actor Bret Harrison. So those artists are worth checking out too. If, y’know, whatever, you’re into that sort of thing.