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Teesside’s indie-popsters, Cattle & Cane share their euphoric and sun-drenched new single Mexico, the first track to be taken from their eagerly anticipated upcoming album Navigator ahead of its release on Friday 8th November. Mexico comes with a rather splendid video filmed at Darlington College by a couple of local filmmakers. We spoke to Joe Hammill to find out more. 

What is Mexico about? 
Mexico is a break up song, no doubt about it. It’s about being hung up on someone and not being able to let them go. I think we’ve all been in that situation where we know we have to let someone go completely, which is way harder in this age of social media. But you know you have to if you’re going to stop holding on. Like, we know it’s unhealthy to hold on but it’s also addictive. 

Pete Hammerton produced and mixed this track. What was it like working with him and how has he influenced your music?
Pete is brilliant – he’s got an amazing ear and is a pleasure to work with. He makes the whole process fun and it feels like we’re hanging out most of the time. We’re so happy with the results. He’s had a great vision from the start for what the album should sound like – it’s a definite maturation in terms of our sound. We like to think we’ve developed and created quite a grown up pop album. 

Who is the dancer in the video and who came up with the concept for it?
The dancer is Laura Alise Lydon – we found her through Facebook when she responded to our casting call for a dancer. She totally blew us away – she’s incredible. The video was directed by Ryan Geddis & Chris Austen – they are really talented and a delight to work with!  

Mexico is the first track to be taken from your upcoming album Navigator. Can you tell us more about that.
We’re really excited about this album. There’s a lot of variety in the songs and we hope our existing fans and new fans alike will love it! You can pre-order it now at: and we’ll be sharing lots more music over the coming months.

What does the future hold for Cattle & Cane?
Lots of gigs and world domination! 

Gig dates:
6th July Nibley Festival, Cotswolds
21st July Bitts Park, Carlisle (w/ Madness)
2nd August Cambridge Folk Festival
18th August Hardwick Live, County Durham 
24th August Cottingham Folk Festival
23rd October Glad Cafeì, Glasgow
24th October The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
25th October Hemelvaart Bier Cafeì, Ayton 
26th October New Adelphi Club, Hull
27th October Oporto, Leeds
29th October Castle Hotel, Manchester
30th October Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
31st October Hen & Chicken, Bristol
2nd November Northern Edge, Berwick
8th November Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle 
12th November Oslo, London



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