Artist info

Genre

Rock


band members

Steve Gavan, Dan Hawkins, Giuliano Ferla, Dyf Thomas, Matt Berry


Influences

Neil Young, Beck, Frank Black


Website

twinbeasts.com

Bio

Twin Beasts Bio 2015

Forming in Melbourne, Australia, in 2009, Twin Beasts, then known as the Toot Toot Toots, became quickly known for their wild live shows and their fast and thumping blues rock experimentation. They took huge influence from the spaghetti western sounds of Ennio Morricone and the storytelling of Nick Cave and Tom Waits and began impersonating their idols as best they could. Their debut album Outlaws, released in 2012, was a spaghetti-western rock opera set in the Australian Gold Rush. Following this release the band toured heavily for two years playing sets at Meredith Music Festival, White Night Melbourne, and Rock It Festival. They started recording their second album in 2013 with ARIA nominated producer, Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett, The Drones, Gerling). After a month in recording lockdown the band had a new album and a new name. Twin Beasts released Badlove in 2014. Picking up sounds from ELO and Beck, Badlove was an album focused entirely on songwriting and arrangement. Each song was built in the studio and reworked each step of the way. They ended up with an album far less raucous and frenetic than their previous releases, but more honed and considered with a focus on the songwriting. 2015 sees them embracing DIY. Open Up Your Eyes is the first single from their forthcoming EP and was produced by the band and mixed by co-frontman Giuliano Ferla. The EP is slated for release in the second half of 2015.

Review

Review of Open Up Your Eyes by Twin Beasts (formerly The Toot Toot Toots) Richard Kingsmill

16 Apr 2015

Triple J
30

Johnny Cash out front of The Drones probably overstates it. But it's in the ballpark.

Johnny Cash out front of The Drones probably overstates it. But it's in the ballpark.

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

18 Feb 2014

Triple J
40

You're right, the ELO influence comes in with those washed harmonies. I like that this tune has a hard-stuck groove to it.

You're right, the ELO influence comes in with those washed harmonies. I like that this tune has a hard-stuck groove to it.

Review

Reviewed by Al Newstead Al Newstead

25 Feb 2014

Triple J
40

If Nick Cave was forced to write a song with maracas for a spaghetti western soundtrack, it might sound something like 'Sweet Marie' - but not as good.

If Nick Cave was forced to write a song with maracas for a spaghetti western soundtrack, it might sound something like 'Sweet Marie' - but not as good.