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Cattle & Cane to play The Flapper Birmingham

March 14, 2017 in News

Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Canerelease their brand new album Mirrors on Friday 28th April 2017, followed by a headline UK tour in May.

Produced by Luuk Cox at ICP Studios in Brussels and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade FireColdplaySnow Patrol) at Abbey Road Studios in London, Mirrors showcases Joe and Helen’s ability to shift even the hardest of hearts with their perfect, soaring harmonies.

2016 saw Cattle & Cane perform at acclaimed tastemaker events such as Reeperbahn FestivalLive At Leeds and Evolution Emerging, as well as at some of the UK’s finest boutique festivals including CornburyDeer Shed and Bingley Music Live. Early 2017 saw the band hit the road support The Head and the Heart, before heading out on their own UK tour this spring.

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Cattle & Cane play The Flapper Birmingham on Friday 5th May 2017 with support from Jamie Croft. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Come Home’ below:

The Head and the Heart to play O2 Institute

January 27, 2017 in News

The Head And The Heart‘s latest release Signs Of Light, recorded in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (EricChurchCage The Elephant), crackles with the upbeat, sing-a-long energy of the the band’s finest work. Lead single ‘All We Ever Knew’, which was written during the ‘Let’s Be Still’ era but never captured to the band’s satisfaction until now, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, while ‘Turn It Around’ seems primed to be a future concert staple, matching its inspirational message with a lush and multi-layered soundscape.

Throughout, the colors are brighter, the electric guitars are louder and the musical touchstones more universal. The propulsive, smile-inducing ode to Los Angeles ‘City Of Angels’ and the head-nodding ‘Rhythm & Blues’ nod to classic Fleetwood Mac, while the organ-flecked ‘Dreamer’ is a timeless-sounding ballad that could have been beamed straight out of an old jukebox.

On Signs Of Light, the gamut of emotions is felt most deeply on the Josiah Johnson-penned title track, which none of the other members had ever heard until they happened to walk in on him playing it over and over at the piano during pre-production in El Paso, Texas. “It was one of those moments where no one talks,” Russell remembers. ”No one needs the chords; no one is looking up. You simply pick up your instrument and play. The next thing you know, nearly 10 minutes have gone by and you have no idea how or why or what just happened.”

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The Head and the Heart play O2 Institute2 Birmingham on Mon 30th January 2017, with support from Cattle & Cane. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘All We Ever Knew’ below:

Watch: Cattle & Cane – ‘Skies’

July 21, 2015 in News

Cattle & Cane follow the release of ‘Come Home’ in June with a further track taken from their debut album, Home. ‘Skies’ is another slice of perfect harmonic pop from the Middlesbrough five piece, replete with a chorus set to earworm its way into the national consciousness.

Having been tipped following standout performances at T In The Park and Liverpool Sound City, the band have already found themselves in the odd position of being local heroes in their home town, a status emphasized by their forthcoming headline show at the town’s 1000 capacity Teesside University on September 18th to celebrate the album release.

The band emphasized their local pride with support for Middlesbrough FC’s play-off run with a new version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t He Lovely’ dedicated to left back George Friend, clocking up over 100,000 YouTube views along. They have also collaborated with the Olde Young Tea House in the town to create a special Cattle and Cane tea, which will be available to buy at all tour dates.

Cattle & Cane release their debut album, Home on September 14th 2015 via Quiet Crown Recordings.

“Surely one of the bands to watch out for in 2015” – Sunday Brunch, Channel 4

“We found ourselves humming incessantly to the gloriously addictive ‘Sold My Soul’ – infectious!” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

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Watch the video for ‘Skies’ below:

Cattle & Cane to play The Rainbow Birmingham

June 22, 2015 in News

Cattle & Cane’s Joseph Hammill has spent much of his life kicking against convention, so it is little surprise that he refuses to build an alternative history for how his band, Cattle & Cane, took five years from feted performances in their Middlesbrough hometown and 2010’s T In The Park via support from the BBC Introducing team to produce their debut album, Home.

Beyond their disregard for the conventional approach to making a band work, there is an even stronger bond at the heart of Cattle & Cane: that of family. Joe, his sister Helen and brothers Fran and Vin make up 4/5ths of the band, with family friend Tom Chapman being the odd one out. Little wonder that the debut should end up being titled Home then, Joe drawing on that family upbringing, childhood and the transition to adulthood to frame an album of twelve songs.

It may have been five years in the making, but the evidence of Home suggests every single day was worth it.

Cattle & Cane release their debut album, Home on September 14th 2015 via Quiet Crown Recordings.

“Surely one of the bands to watch out for in 2015” – Sunday Brunch, Channel 4

“We found ourselves humming incessantly to the gloriously addictive ‘Sold My Soul’ – infectious!” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Cattle & Cain Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Come Home’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 22nd – 27th October

October 22, 2013 in News

With touring season well under way, take a read of the local and touring acts Birmingham Promoters bring to your city this week.



Take a couple of days off to prepare for Birmingham four-piece Black Dollar Bills who play The Sunflower Lounge on Thursday. Drawing comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Weather and The Vines, Black Dollar Bills promise a night of power and energy. With support from Brighton’s hottest new two-piece Royal Blood, plus locals Bad Moon & Curb, we expect this to be a busy one! Tickets are a bargain at £5 advance and are available over on the event page. And don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘House of Love’ by Black Dollar Bills below:


Alternatively, fresh from supporting Birmingham babes Swim Deep on their recent UK tour, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves are live at the Hare & Hounds for your viewing pleasure. With support from britpop / grunge revivalists Babypink and the industrial electronic sounds of The Grafham Water Sailing Club, entry to this one is a bargain at just £5 advance. Check out the Facebook Event and find more information about all acts over on the official event page. Oh and don’t forget to send your names over to raya [at] for special £3 guestlist!

Listen to ‘Get Away’ by Circa Waves below:



On Friday, Bristol trop-pop five-piece Coasts call into The Victoria as part of their UK tour. With support from off-kilter funk six-piece Venkman and dark pop West Midlands outfit Forest Life, tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Listen to Coasts’ brand new track ‘Stay’ below:



If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then West Yorkshire’s finest The Pigeon Detectives play live at The Slade Rooms. Showcasing the best of four albums-worth of material, this promises to be a lively ruckus of a show. Support on the evening comes courtesy of The Mexanines and The Dead Blues – tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Animal’ by The Pigeon Detectives below:


Alternatively, London folk-rock-pop five-piece Goldheart Assembly call in to The Sunflower Lounge to play a show with Cattle & Caine and Circles – find out further information including ticket prices and timings over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Stands to Reason’ by Goldheart Assembly below:


Mississippi alt. five-piece The Weeks are also live at The Institute, calling into Birmingham as part of their current UK tour. Playing highlights from their recent debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, make sure to pick up your tickets for this one from £8 advance via the official event page. Support comes courtesy of rock ‘n’ roll Hull four-piece Audio Subscene and the ever-popular Babypink.

Listen to ‘Brother in the Night’ by The Weeks below:



Round off your week in one of two ways when Birmingham old-school punk outfit The Nightingales (formerly The Perfects) and the shambolically entertaining The Courtesy Group play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are £7.50 advance, moren information over on the event page.

Alternatively, don’t forget Sunday Social at The Yardbird! This week we have performances from Less for Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson. Entry for this show is, as always, free – find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Mutton to Lamb’ by The Nightingales below: