Dawn LP with Emma Donovan

Acclaimed indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks come together to bring you Dawn, an LP of hard hitting and heartfelt soul songs telling stories of grief, struggle and redemption. Dawn is a gritty, uniquely Australian record, simultaneously classic and contemporary. The songwriting is in turns optimistic, angry and melancholic, and on occasions bruisingly honest. The music is fluid, live and raw, recorded in one room on eight channels of analog tape and the electric connection between Emma and the band comes through in every beat.

Daddy is the first single released from the album and is currently available as a free download from

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Dawn by Emma Donovan & The PutBacks is out Nov 7 on HopeStreet Recordings.

Pre-order now on Vinyl/CD  from HopeStreet or iTunes.

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Spanish Harlem feat Nai Palm 7″

HopeStreet Recordings brings you a collaboration between Australia’s hottest soul voice, Nai Palm, and Australia’s heaviest rhythm section, The PutBacks, on that classic, classic joint Spanish Harlem. The Worm, a typically heavy PutBacks instrumental on the flip rounds out two smokin’ sides of Burn City soul.

Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector wrote Spanish Harlem for Ben E King in 1960, but it was Aretha Franklin took it to number one in 1970. In 2013, The PutBacks and Nai put it down one more time on 8 tracks of tape with the production team at HopeStreet Recordings and you sure can take that sucker home on wax, but you’d better be quick. After all – this release has been 50 years in the making.

The B side on this record is for the B boys. The Worm baby. Lots of songs fade out, but how many fade in? Yeah. That’s real. This kind of lowdown funky break is what the PutBacks really love to put the back in. Ouch. Will someone sample this already so it can go for longer than three and a half minutes?

This record is raucous and rich in the rawness. The drums, bass, and percussion gallop through Spanish Harlem and swagger through The Worm. The guitar and organ howl and huff. Simple production lets the musicians do the talking, and boy, Nai Palm can shout. Sweet layered harmonies over a dirty minimal rhythm track.

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Ain’t No Thing

The outro from a jam on Bill Withers ‘Ain’t no sunshine’. Phil Noy recorded this at the old Blank Tape studio in Northcote. A cool instrumental that sits just right. Unreleased.

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Kung Fu Pyramid

Unreleased track penned by Tom Martin. It’s tough and ancient, and sounds like it looks.

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Friend Or Foe / Diamond Cutter split 7″

With a powerful voice, the lovely Miss Mitvalsky offers a scorching soul polemic, a tale of miscommunication and love gone wrong in the Bobzilla-penned tune Friend or FoeDiamond Cutter written by Tom Martin features a 3 piece horn section alongside the powerhouse rhythm section that is The PutBacks.

“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)

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Busted / Set Me Free 7″

7″ single released through HopeStreet Recordings.

Busted. It’s so simple. You can interpret this bubblin’ funky gem anyway you 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.

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.

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Dirt Track

This is a ruff as demo of a new song… Recorded on 2 iPhones and edited in Garage Band.

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