Photography by Cody Cutter
Deal Casino is a band from Ashbury Park featuring John Rodney on bass, Chris Donofrio on drums, and two guitar players named Joe— Joe P. and Joe C. — who also sing and play keys, respectively. Their new single, “Dirty T-Shirt,” is an indie pop ode to falling out of love, marked by weaving guitars and sparse percussion. The video for the track, which we’re debuting here, pairs its downtempo simplicity with footage of floating jellyfish.
First, the band found a video of jellyfish recorded by [director] Tony Yebra, which they decided to watch while they listened to “Dirty T-Shirt.” Later, Yebra couldn’t find the footage, so the band decided to drive to the Baltimore Aquarium and re-shoot it.
Sourcing footage for the video was surprisingly easy for the band. “On the day of the shoot, I had to break into Tony's house and wake him up before we finally got on the road,” says frontman Joe P. “We started bugging out as we carried a tripod, camera bags, and gear past security, but there weren't any issues. With the jellyfish footage finished, we set up a black backdrop in DC HQ [back in Asbury Park] and started filming the B-roll band shots, which were so relaxed —probably the most relaxed shoot we've done.”