For Fans Of: Frank Turner, Jack Peñate ,Billy Bragg
Chances are, if you are of a certain age, growing up in through the 2000 to be specific, you know exactly who Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly are. Perhaps you would walk with your o.g. iPod on, headphones blaring through your somewhat dull suburban town streets blasting “If this is the war of the worlds, then I don’t want to be a part”. Those were the days… For those who maybe don’t know, let me clarify. English singer/guitarist Sam Duckworth, is the primary member behind indie emo-folk affair Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, a moniker lovingly created from a headline in a computer magazine about a Batman game. I mean, what’s not to love? Geek Chic unite!
Anyway, I digress, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. as a project was born in Duckworth’s hometown of Southend, Essex in 2004, following a stint fronting a hardcore punk band. Bringing over the heart-wrenching sensibilities, politically charged melodies and brutal honesty of hardcore to a quieter setting gives an even more tormented feel to the music without becoming overbearing.
Accompanied for the most part by an acoustic guitar and laptop, Duckworth wears his heart well and truly on his plaid shirt sleeve.
Duckworth built a considerable following from his beginning releasing a few EPs on the Big Scary Monsters label (Home of artists: La Dispute, Hell is for Heroes and more recently Jamie Lenman amongst others) before eventually signing with Atlantic to release his debut album Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager in 2008. This release saw him touring extensively with appearances at a number of major festivals including Glastonbury, Oxegen, Reading and Leeds and SXSW. In 2007 Duckworth also picked up an NME Award nomination for ‘Best Solo Artist’ before the release of his second album Searching for the Hows and Whys in 2008. The album featured guest vocals from Kate Nash and Billy Bragg. Signing to Cooking Vinyl, he released the eponymous Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album in 2010. The following year he released The Mannequin, his debut album under his own name. After two more Get Cape albums 2012's Maps and 2014's London Royal (on tiny indie label Alcopop!) Duckworth announced he was retiring the moniker.
After a four year recording hiatus from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Duckworth returned with his sumptuous new album ‘Young Adult’ in January of 2018 (via the Xtra Mile Recordings imprint). The album was met with warm reviews, with Louder Than War praising Sam’s skill for “catchy and introspective 3 minute pop songs”, whilst Upset Magazine championed the record something of a “soundtrack to a revolution”. The album also featured an expanded palette of instruments leading to Duckworth touring with a twelve piece band which the Independent hailed as “A triumphant return” and a welcome expansion to the sound. It’s always been my opinion that the best way to get a feeling for a band is simply to listen to some songs and get your own feel for the artist. With the monolithic rise of heartfelt songwriters over the years there is little reason why the Get Cape. sound won’t appeal to fans of Ed Sheeran right through to Damien Rice. And for those, with the hoods up walking in your dull suburban town, you know who you are… Get Tickets. Wear Plaid. Cry.
See you in Tut’s.
Tickets → ktwwh.co/GetCape