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Published 26th Apr 2017

Cattle and Cane Landscape

Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Cane’s sophomore album 'Mirrors' is all set for release on Friday 5th May. Produced by Luuk Cox at ICP Studios in Brussels and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, New Order) at Abbey Road Studios in London, ‘Mirrors’ features ten tracks that effortlessly illustrate Cattle & Cane’s ability to shift even the hardest of hearts with their perfect, soaring harmonies.

Very much a family affair, Joe and Helen are joined by their brothers Fran (keyboards & backing vocals) and Vin Hammill (bass), along with family friend Tom Chapman on drums. “Being siblings in a band has its pros and cons, but there’s definitely more pros! We're best friends most of the time…” said Helen.

Joe, Helen, Fran and Vin grew up together on a veritable feast of song-writing luminaries. “I remember listening to lots of 70s stuff like Gerry Rafferty, 10CC, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, ELO and still love all that stuff now. I absolutely loved - and still do – Sinatra too. The songwriters, arrangements and his voice are just incredible,” recalled Joe. “My favourite era is the 60s - I love Bridget Bardot, Pattie Boyd, Jane Birkin, the Supremes and anyone that wore their hair big and skirts short! They look so glamorous, yet effortless. Musically, I've always been a big Fleetwood Mac and Beatles fan,” added Helen.

Although the 60s and 70s influences add a sepia-tinted, timeless quality to Cattle & Cane’s music, the vision of producer Luuk Cox has ensured that ‘Mirrors’ showcases a far more contemporary sound than its predecessor ‘Home’. “I love Luuk’s approach to music and really feel his production and ideas have brought out the best in our sound. He comes from a very different background to us, so that excited me in terms of how our songs could develop under his stewardship,” said Joe.

Since being released on 2nd December 2016, recent single ’7 Hours' has already clocked up over 850,000 streams on Spotify and numerous national radio plays from long time champion Dermot O’Leary, who previously showcased the band on his ‘Saturday Sessions’ compilation following a beautiful live session on his show. Album opener ‘Love On Your Hands’ has also picked up support from Spotify after featuring in their prestigious ‘New Music Friday UK’ playlist.

With extensive support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and Amazing Radio, Cattle & Cane have been heavily championed by the BBC Introducing team and performed on their stages at T In The Park and BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. Features from the likes of Q, the Independent and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, as well as tours with The Head and The Heart and Half Moon Run, have helped Cattle & Cane build up a loyal and passionate following – a fan-base that propelled their debut album ‘Home’ into the top 30 of the Official UK Independent Album Chart in September 2015, sandwiched between Adele and Arctic Monkeys no less.

Last year saw Cattle & Cane perform at acclaimed tastemaker events such as Reeperbahn Festival, Live At Leeds and Evolution Emerging, as well as at some of the UK’s finest boutique festivals including Cornbury, Deer Shed and Bingley Music Live. The band also toured abroad for the first time with gigs in Germany, Malta and Belgium, while a sold-out 1,000 capacity Christmas show at The Middlesbrough Empire ensured a triumphant finale to 2016.

Wasting no time in making their mark on 2017, Cattle & Cane partnered up with Barbour International for a live session and have picked up plaudits from tastemakers such as 1883 Magazine, Too Many Blogs, Spindle, One On One, Wolf In A Suit, Queen Beetch, Louder Than War, Music News, Record Of The Day (Compass), Unsigned Music Awards and many more.

After recently headlining Stockton Calling festival, the relentlessly hard-working band are back on the road this spring for a headline UK tour before joining Tom Odell at Tynemouth Priory as part of this year’s Mouth Of The Tyne event:

  • 2nd May, Liverpool - Buyers Club 
  • 3rd May, Glasgow - King Tuts
  • 4th May, Gateshead - Sage 2 
  • 5th May, Birmingham - The Flapper 
  • 6th May, Leeds - The Wardrobe 
  • 7th May, Masham - Town Hall 
  • 9th May, Manchester - Gullivers 
  • 10th May, Nottingham - Bodega 
  • 11th May, London - Camden Assembly 
  • 12th May, Bristol - Louisiana 
  • 13th May, Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach 
  • 8th July, Tynemouth Priory – Mouth Of The Tyne (supporting Tom Odell)
  • 23rd July, Sheffield – Tramlines Festival 
  • 19th August, County Durham – Hardwick Live Festival 

With the release of ‘Mirrors’ and the band’s brand new single, the infectious fan-favourite ‘Fool For You’, Cattle & Cane’s ubiquity in their native North East looks set to spread far and wide in 2017.

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