Talking Music With Helen Hammill of Cattle & Cane

Northern songsmiths Cattle & Cane are out on their own headline tour in support of their new album Mirrors which was released on April 28.

2016 saw the band, made up of siblings Helen, Joe, Fran and Vin 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, DeerShed and Bingley Music Live. They also toured abroad for the first time with gigs in Germany, Malta and Belgium, while a sold-out 1,000 capacity hometown Christmas show at The Middlesbrough Empire ensured a triumphant finale to the year.

Ahead of the bands performance at Clwb Ifor Bach on May 13, Andy Howells recently put questions to vocalist Helen Hammill from the band.

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How did Cattle and Cane come together?
Myself and Joe have always sung together from a young age and we really wanted to put a band together. We didn’t have to look far as our two brothers Fran & Vin have always played bass and guitar!

What inspired the band’s name?
It comes from a Go-Betweens song. We’ve always loved the song as it’s all about childhood and nostalgia so we felt it really suited us. And we loved the alliteration!

Can you tell us a bit about your new album and what inspired it?
Our songs are always inspired by personal experiences so Mirrors is heavily influenced by that. But we’re inspired constantly, by what’s going on around us, when we travel, when we try new experiences, so it’s a bit of everything!

Do you have a recommended track on the album?
Fool for You is one of my favourites off the album, we love performing this one! We took inspiration from lots of things for this song. We’ve always been inspired by artists such as Supertramp, Gerry Rafferty, 10CC, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and ELO.

You’re heading out on tour – what can we expect from your live sets?
Our songs are always based around the three sibling harmonies so you can always expect that from our live set. For our new album Mirrors we’ve tapped into some new sounds that we’ve never experimented with before. So, people should expect something different to our first album! But obviously, we’ll be doing a mixture of both!

Is your Cardiff show your first visit to Wales?
This is our 3rd time in Cardiff! We’ve had such good shows in Cardiff and can’t wait to come back!

What sounds are you currently listening to and what’s your must-have track on a play-list?
sivu // Ward Thomas // Vera Blue // Leif Vollebekk // The Divine Comedy // alt-J // Blanche // Alice on the roof // Maggie Rogers // Darrell Scott // Smoove and Turrell // Rag’n’Bone Man // The Head and The Heart // Sufjan Stevens // Steely Dan // Jake Isaac // Meadowlark // Jamie Isaac // LUUNA // Labi Siffre // Allman Brown // Jerry Williams. My must have track is You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon.

Do you prefer vinyl or digital?
I have to say vinyl! We’ve just had our first ever vinyl record produced and it was the most exciting experience receiving them! There’s just something so special about playing vinyl on old record players.

Where can we find the latest news about the band online?
I love Instagram (@cattleandcaneofficial) ! But all the usual like Facebook / Twitter (@cattleandcane / and you’ll be able to keep up to date with all our news.

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