Heirs to another age of songwriting, family band Cattle & Cane have a 1970s approach to crafting pop bangers; high-pitched hooks, jaunty pianos, and sunshine harmonies that twist and turn in unexpected ways. New single ‘Fool For You’ is a masterfully crafted example: unabashed joy from start to finish, it sounds like a Supertramp deep cut, with a chorus to make the Shins mad with envy. Where marketeers previously jostled to position the band as a new Mumfords replacement, this time Cattle & Cane couldn’t have made their intentions clearer; they may know their way around a shameless hook, but they’re singing from a much richer songbook than the dour country-rockers, with as much ELO and Fleetwood Mac in their diet as there is Bastille and Coldplay. Playing the Flapper the day that sophomore album ‘Mirrors’ is released to the world, summer is bound to feel that bit more tangible with an evening spent in Cattle & Cane’s exuberant company, where ‘pop’ is an expansive ideal rather than radio reductionism.
Fri 5 May, 7.30pm at The Flapper, Cambrian Wharf, Birmingham B1 2NU, £8.80 seetickets.com
Published on: Tue 2 May 2017