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If you haven’t heard of folk/indie band Cattle and Cane, you’re likely to soon. This 5 piece band from Thornaby on Tees is led by siblings Helen and Joe Hammill and have taken to the stage at some musics biggest events. They’ve played Hyde Park for Radio 2 Live, as well as performing at the Riverside Stadium and the Sage, Gateshead. We caught up with the guys as they celebrate the upcoming launch of their EP, Navigator, to chat all things music and fashion!
Hi guys! We’re delighted to catch up with you. Congratulations on the upcoming release of your new EP, we love your music and we can’t wait to hear what you have in store for us! First of all, who are your main musical influences?
The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, Radiohead, Carly Simon, Shania Twain, The Cranberries, Supergrass, The Cardigans, Dolly Parton…
What is your favourite venue to play?
Middlesbrough Town Hall was pretty spectacular to play! The Sage in Gateshead has always been a dream of our to play as we love that venue and spent so much time watching other artists on that stage. So they would be our top two!
What is your favourite place in the local area to visit?
I love waking up super early and watching the sunrise on Saltburn beach. I also love Roseberry Topping and seeing that beautiful view when you reach the top.
Could you tell us a bit about your personal (clothing) style and influences?
I love 60s fashion so I’m always looking back at photos of Pattie Boyd, Jane Fonda, Bridget Bardot etc. I love mini skirts, roll necks, long sleeve high neck dresses. I love colour and mixing patterns. Joe prefers things more minimalist & plain!
How has your music evolved since you first started playing / performing together?
I’d say it’s more mature (as we’ve matured I think?!) and with the new album it’s definitely the music I’ve always wanted to make!
What would be the dream venue to perform in?
Madison Square Garden, New York!!
How do you feel growing up / living in Teesside has shaped your musical career?
I feel really lucky to come from Teesside and we’ve always felt really supported and encouraged from the people in our area. I think the area is really thriving with music and the festivals in the area that we’ve been involved with have really helped us. BBC Introducing has been an amazing platform for us too. As for growing up in Teesside, we feel a real sense of community here and whenever we’re away I can’t wait to get back home. I love the north.
How did it feel to play at the Riverside Stadium?
As a huge Middlesbrough FC fan it was surreal! Never in a million years would 12 year old me think I’d be on the pitch one day singing one of our own songs as the players walked out. It was a huge honour and felt real pride representing our area.
What drew you both to the outfits you chose to wear on the shoot?
I loved the colours and pattern and how floaty it was. I could imagine running up and down the stage floating in that! Joe loved the fit of the t-shirt and the detail of the stripe on the sleeve.
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Joe wears the Fred Perry Authentics Twin Tip Crew Neck T-shirt (£39.99)