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BY Show off Services | 14-Feb-2014
Twin Beasts (formerly The Toot Toot Toots) have delivered the goods yet again. A punk-infused pop/country classic ripe with that trademark Twin Beasts groove, ‘Sweet Marie’ is the second single from forthcoming album Badlove. And there’s superb accompanying video to boot.

Listen to 'Sweet Marie'

The jaunty Melbourne-based quintet have earned a reputation around these parts. Not only for their vehement live show, but the way in which this is perfectly encapsulated in their records.

Following stints at Meredith Music Festival, Rock It Festival (Western Australia), and White Night Melbourne, Twin Beasts' debut album Outlaws (2012) earned a slot as ABC Radio National Album of the Week. 'Badlove', the first single and title track from the forthcoming sophomore album, has been hailed as a track that's 'all heart' (Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J); with its 'sun-beaten balladry and Morricone touchstones', it is driven by a 'luxurious cacophony of lurid guitars and… whiskey-burned cries' (Beat Magazine, 2013).

'Sweet Marie', as we'd expect, is of a similar vein. Nontheless, there's a slight twist: not quite a love song, this is a story about an infatuated peeping tom. Equal parts endearing and (comically) disturbing, it's a track that churns along with the kind of brashness that makes Beck and Black Francis (Pixies) so hellishly good.

The track itself isn't the only thing with a story behind it. Directed by Michelle Luckman with the assistance of Cinematographer Zachary Bradtke and featuring Kerith Manderson-Galvin as 'The Girl', the accompanying video to 'Sweet Marie' is a sight to behold. As the band reports, 'the whole process of filming the clip was so slapdash the band nearly broke up… but it came together in the end'.

Produced by the ARIA-nominated Burke Reid (The Drones, Oh Mercy), Badlove is set for release on April 24 2014.