It is almost 18 months since I caught Cattle & Cane in Manchester. I was impressed, and particularly so with their slow-burner ballads.
With this song, the second single released from forthcoming album Mirrors (release date 28th April) they’ve gone off in an unexpected direction, into pop territory and with a serious song about not judging a book by its cover.
The band is led by Tees-side siblings Joe and Helen Hammill and Helen takes lead vocal on a song that has prompted comparisons with Fleetwood Mac and with retired Sheffield dance-pop duo Moloko. To my ears, it could be Debbie Harry singing and there are even traces of Abba in this song.
There is a strong hook, subtle synths and a pulsing bass. What more could you ask for? Well, you could have it mastered by Frank Arkwright, who’s worked with Arcade Fire, Coldplay and New Order, and they did.
Cattle and Cane have already caught the attention of Radio 2 and 6Music with Dermot O’Leary and Janice Long zeroing in on previous single 7 Hours, which itself was indicative of a new direction. This one will surely make somebody’s playlist on one of the main BBC stations.
Headline tour, May 2017:
15th April Stockton – Stockton Calling (Georgian Theatre stage)
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