By Andy Carr
Tuesday 06 May 2014 11:35:00
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Catte and Cane launch their Teesside anthem at the Georgian Theatre on Sat June 7th.


Born from grime/born from grimeI love that haze across the sky. The rhythm of Teesside has been caught in song. Cattle & Cane’s stirring new single Infant Hercules, launched with a special show at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees on Saturday 7 June, could well be the area’s modern anthem. In the cast-iron spirit of Teesside, it celebrates the past but has a clarion cry for the future: We can write a new page. It is identity through lyrics, who we are in a guitar.

Taking the song’s title from Gladstone’s declaration that Middlesbrough was ‘An Infant Hercules’, the Thornaby band have written a song to send white-hot shivers down Teesside spines and inspire gritted-teeth, fist-clenched salutes for what the area is and can be. 

The show at the Georgian will be one of only two Summer dates for the band, who are also set to play the legendary Camden Crawl, a cult London music festival, later in June. Following these dates Cattle & Cane head back into the studio to add the final touches to their eagerly anticipated, as-yet-untitled debut album.

With this being the final local show before the album’s Autumn release, Cattle & Cane are keen to celebrate on home turf and share the moment with their loyal army of supporters, vital to their rise so far.

Recognising the poignancy of the occasion and the chance to celebrate on home soil, singer Joe Hammill said: “What better way than with a single all about Teesside. The track ‘Infant Hercules’ describes the meteoric rise of the metropolis and its subsequent decline but throughout there is an undeniable pride and passion embedded to the lyrics. ‘The world won’t forget Infant Hercules’, ‘We can meet the future, we can write a new page’ aptly describe the challenge facing the area at the moment and the band want to put across that message and generate the passion and optimism that Teesside deserves.”

As if emotions were not running high enough, that night the band will be joined by a group of Teesside men who recently formed the choir ‘Infant Hercules’. Their role will be to represent the many workers of Teesside past and present whose graft has changed the world and given birth to the proud area which exists today. 

Cattle & Cane are a real family affair, with several members of the prodigious Hammill brood involved – Joe Hammill provides guitar and lead vocals alongside his sister Helen who adds an extra layer of lead vocals and keys. Fran Hammill brings powerful dynamism on electric guitar and backing vocals with Tom Chapman and Vinny Hammill constituting the backline with drums and bass guitar.

Tickets for the show are available from the venue,, Seetickets and Ticketweb


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