“God, I love that!” – Elton John (Beats 1)
“That was awesome!” – Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2)
“The band’s live show is magical… get ready to clap your hands and sing along – it’s pretty much requisite at a Cattle & Cane show” – Metro
“Gorgeous, soaring, folk-pop anthems for passionate souls” – A Music Blog, Yea?
“There’s way more of a Fleetwood Mac influence than their earlier stuff and I love it” – the Independent
“Will be lapped up by Radio 2 audiences who have dined on a menu of Fleetwod Mac, The Rails and even Roxette ⭐⭐⭐⭐” – Daily Express
“A crisp new pop belter to raise expectations… All taut energy and lucid colour, it’s an instantly infectious gem” – Clash
“Brings to mind the anthemic autumnal vibe of Bastille while nodding heads to more classic artists like Fleetwood Mac” – Gigsoup
“They’re just going from strength to strength… check out their album Mirrors” – Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music)
“Cattle & Cane are waving the flag on folk-pop music in the UK at the moment” – 1883 Magazine
“Ambitious, radio-friendly pop for the modern ear” – Indietronica
“Cattle & Cane will melt the coldest of hearts with their soaring harmonies” – Chillfiltr
“A magical, uplifting live presence that is the perfect platform for their velvety mix of instinctive harmonies” – Metro
Cattle & Cane recently released their stunning new album Navigator. Produced by Pete Hammerton (The Shires, The Wandering Hearts, Tom Gregory), brother/sister duo Joe and Helen Hammill display a confidence and maturity that sees their soaring harmonies and timeless song-writing come to the fore.
Although they didn’t realise it when they were writing and recording it, Navigator is undoubtedly a break-up album. The idea of trying to find your way after the end of a relationship is a theme that runs throughout almost every song.
“Lyrically, this album is definitely our most introspective and heart on sleeve. Loving The Hurt Away was the last song written for the album and it pretty much sums up the whole record and concludes the stage I’m at in life right now” says Joe.
“It was only once we’d finished recording all of the songs that I realised how many of them are about failed relationships!” he surmises.
“As we are growing up as artists, our music taste has been growing up too and I think that’s reflected on Navigator” explains Helen.
“For the first time ever, we took a step back last year and actually thought about how Cattle & Cane should sound and where we want to take it” continues Joe.
“This is the music we’ve always wanted to be making and we’re so happy with how this album has turned out. It’s the proudest we’ve been of anything we’ve worked on” adds Helen.
“We’ve always been ambitious, but I think locking ourselves away with Pete [Hammerton] for the last few months has enabled us to create some songs that really justify our ambition” she continues.
Having spent the past couple of years sharing stages with the likes of Tom Odell, Brian Wilson, Stereophonics, The Head & The Heart, Madness, Lewis Capaldi, Jake Isaac and Nerina Pallot, Cattle & Cane have every right to be ambitious.
Sold-out signs are commonplace at their own headline gigs too, including huge regional statement dates at Sage Gateshead and Middlesbrough Town Hall, where a crowd of 1,100 witnessed a magical performance alongside the Northern Orchestra last year:
They’ve appeared at acclaimed international tastemaker events such as Canadian Music Week and Reeperbahn Festival, as well as at some of the UK’s finest boutique and inner-city festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Tramlines, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, Black Deer, Cornbury, Deer Shed, Twisterella, Stockton Calling, Lindisfarne, Long Division and This Is Tomorrow, not to mention the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park.
As well as extensive support from BBC Introducing, they’ve picked up radio play from Elton John on Beats 1, Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, Anneka Rice on BBC Radio 2, OJ Borg on BBC Radio 2, Janice Long ‘Janice Loves’ on BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio Wales, Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music, Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio, Gary Crowley on BBC London, John Kennedy on Radio X and numerous DJs at Amazing Radio.
Thanks to playlists like New Music Friday UK, Your Coffee Break and Feelgood Pop, to name but a few, Cattle & Cane have accumulated almost 10 million Spotify streams. On TV, their music has featured on many TV shows including Sunday Brunch, Made In Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex, Avenida Brasil and MTV’s Catfish.
Further support for the band came from Middlesbrough FC, who printed the lyrics to ‘Infant Hercules’ on the club’s home shirts during the 2018-19 season: