Teesside siblings Cattle & Cane release their brand new album Navigator this November via Believe, preceded by a headline UK tour starting on 23rd October.
Produced by Pete Hammerton (Kylie Minogue, The Shires, The Wandering Hearts), 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.
“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” says Joe.
“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.
“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” continues Joe.
“It was only once we’d finished recording all of the songs that I realised how many of them are about break-ups and failed relationships!” he surmises.
“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” continues 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 adds.
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: https://youtu.be/jNqzQ3BfLqY
Helen and Joe have also appeared at acclaimed international tastemaker events Canadian Music Week and Reeperbahn Festival, as well some of the UK’s best boutique and inner-city showcases like Tramlines, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, Cambridge Folk Festival, Black Deer and Deer Shed - not to mention the BBC Introducing stage at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park.
The first single to be taken from the new album, Mexico, received further support from BBC Radio 2 courtesy of long-time fan Dermot O’Leary and OJ Borg, who after premiering the single, invited the band in for a live session which also featured on Anneka Rice’s weekly Pick of Radio 2 show.
Further acclaim for Mexico came from Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday UK playlist, Hype Machine blogs Indietronica, Popmuzik and Going Solo, influential daily Record of the Day, the BT TV Music playlist, BBC Introducing ‘Track Of The Week’ and Janice Long at BBC Radio Wales.
In support of Navigator, Cattle & Cane head out on tour across the UK this autumn, culminating in their biggest London headline show to date at Oslo:
23rd October Glad Café, Glasgow
24th October The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
25th October Hemelvaart Bier Café, Ayton
26th October New Adelphi Club, Hull
27th October Oporto, Leeds
29th October Castle Hotel, Manchester
30th October Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
31st October Hen & Chicken, Bristol
1st November Westgarth SC, Middlesbrough (SOLD OUT)
2nd November Northern Edge, Berwick
8th November Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
12th November Oslo, London
DID YOU KNOW?
• Cattle & Cane have accumulated over 10 million Spotify streams, thanks in part to playlists like New Music Friday UK, Your Coffee Break, Fresh Folk, Your Office Stereo and Feelgood Pop.
• Joe and Helen’s music has featured on shows including Sunday Brunch, Made In Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex, Avenida Brasil and MTV’s Catfish, as well as on BT TV Music and Vintage TV.
• The lyrics to one of their tracks were printed in Middlesbrough FC’s home-shirts in the 2018/19 season:
“God, I love that!” – Elton John (Beats 1)
“That was awesome!” – Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio 2)
“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
“A crisp new pop belter to raise expectations… All taut energy and lucid colour, it’s an instantly infectious gem” – Clash
“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
“Euphoric and sun-drenched folk” – Record Of The Day
“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” – Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6 Music)
“Cattle & Cane are waving the flag on folk-pop music in the UK at the moment” – 1883 Magazine
“Hearty harmonies and gentle guitar hooks” – M Magazine
“You will fall in love with Cattle & Cane” – Wolf In A Suit
“Ambitious, radio-friendly pop for the modern ear” – Indietronica
“A band on the cusp of something much bigger” - God Is In The TV
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