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Artist: The PutBacks
Release: Busted / Set Me Free
Format: 7″
Cat: HS002
Date: April 2010

From the bowels of an abandoned textiles factory in Brunswick, beneath a sign that advertises a long-defunct karate school, comes the second fully kicking release from HopeStreet Recordings, “Busted” b/w “Set Me Free”, by The PutBacks, available as a 7” 45 and in digital format. Once you’ll hear this 45 you will radiate a ‘super nice vibe’.

Hope Street’s Bobzilla and Tristan Ludowyk teamed up with the inimitable powerhouse rhythm combination The PutBacks bringing to you:

A – Busted

“I’m so Busted. I’m Busted” (repeat)… and then you say… “Me, Oh, My!” (repeat)

It’s so simple. You can interpret this bubblin’ funky gem anyway you funkin’ please. It’s got a catchy hook, a hard swinging groove, one of the baddest breakdowns you’ll hear in 2010 and then you get to sing-a-long, chant-style like an army of footballers. Funky footballers…

B – Set Me Free

The PutBacks re-work the classic track from Ray Davies and The Kinks, “Set Me Free”. Re- work..? It’s a re-invention. The bass and drums drive this baby coast-to-coast, the organ and horns offer spurts of steam, releasing the heat as Tom Martin’s guitar simmers away that big chunk of melted butter. Now that’s a tasty ride.

All aboard!!

The PutBacks came into formation in 2007 after years as a backing band for Kate Ceberano. The PutBacks have performed as part of PBS 106.7 fm Live Music Week (2008/9), at Melbourne’s premier funk night ‘Soul-A-Go-Go’, Falls Festival Lorne and have opened for Australian premier funk outfit The Bamboos as well as ‘The Menahan Street Band featuring Charles Bradley’ during their  Australian tour in 2009.

The PutBacks instrumental funk-killer-floor-filler “The Diamond Cutter“, released March 2009 as a split 7” 45 on HopeStreet Recordings, has received healthy rotation on Australian, US and UK radio, featured on Canadian DJ Double K’s “The New Funk Mix” available at and profiled on DJ Prestige’s blog page

“The PutBacks lay down a groove exactly how I want to hear it: With super-heavy authentic tones, attitude and feel…” –  Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos/Lanu)

“If the JB’s had their own monorail, The Putbacks have a steam train that runs right from Australia directly to every record player in the world” DJ Prestige

“The attention to detail and dedication to authenticity the Hope St Recordings kids practise has not gone un-noticed on these Home & hosed ears! I look forward to more output from the ol’ Karate dojo – it’s a nourishing link in an exciting scene” –  Steph Hughes (Triple J)

“Deep funk from the Australian scene – nice stuff from the PutBacks! ‘Busted’ kicks off with some loose funky drums and organ before a fairly searing guitar groove floats in. ‘Set Me Free’ is another nice track with a guitar vibe that’s uncommon in the funky underground, with the drums, bass and organ playing off each other nicely, too.” – Dusty Groove