Consisting of siblings Joe, Helen, Fran and Vin Hammill, with family friend Tom Chapman on percussion, Cattle & Cane have been flying high since debut album Home was released last September.
Comparisons to Mumford & Sons were inevitable, but with the I Will Wait hitmakers putting down their banjos and going all rawk recently, there’s a gap in the market for a folksy new band to fill.
Whether this Teeside quintet are the ones to step in remains to be seen, but you’ll get a better idea by heading to their gig at Electric Circus tonight (Feb 15).
Cattle & Can are certainly picking up plenty of plaudits. Their harmony-filled songs have been played on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1, Amazing Radio and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, while the band have been heavily championed by the BBC Introducing team and were invited to perform at T In The Park and BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park before they’d even released their debut single, I Will Rise – which has now had over 1.5 million streams online!
A live session on BBC Radio 2 for Dermot O’Leary followed and one of the tracks they performed has since been released on Dermot’s Saturday Sessions compilation, alongside such luminaries as Keane, The Stereophonics and The XX.
Cattle & Cane’s music has also been featured on a variety of TV shows including Made In Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex and MTV’s Catfish, as well as on popular Brazilian soap-opera Avenida Brasil, where they were included on the show’s official soundtrack alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, Adele and Paul McCartney.
All of this has helped raise the band’s profile, and they continue to win new fans wherever they go.
“Getting radio play certainly helped boost our profile, but a lot of people who came to our shows last year didn’t know too much about us,” says Joe. “But the reactions were fantastic and so many people bought the album at the show, which is always a sign that they enjoyed it.
“And then we started seeing the same people coming to shows and they were bringing more and more people with them.”
Cattle & Cane, Electric Circus, Market Street, Monday, 15 February, £7, 0131-226 4224