Words: Ian Clement.
It’s was with a twinge of sadness that we enter King Tut’s that evening because we were there for the last ever Scottish performance of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly (known as Sam Duckworth to his friends). Of course, Sam isn’t technically “going anywhere” but after ten years of releasing music under the pseudonym, he’s decided to no longer release music under the “Get Cape…” banner.
Tonight though, isn’t meant to be sad: It’s meant to be a celebration of ten years of great music but we’ll get to that in a little bit. First off we have Beerjacket, the first support of the evening.
Real name Peter Kelly, Beerjacket has been around for just as long as GCWCF (they both started in 2004) and it’s easy to see that in the performance. Kelly was great with the crowd and knew how to get a good few laughs out of us. The music was also superb. Quiet and pensive, yet also full of intensity and energy that you don’t expect from one guy with a guitar and sitting on a chair. If you’re a fan of quiet and emotional acoustic music then Beerjacket may well become a new favourite for you (if not already).
Next up was Seán McGowan, the main support for the tour, who very quickly won over the crowd with his charm and his stage presence. His music is very reminiscent of other great London acts like Jamie T, Frank Turner and The King Blues but that would be unfair to say something along the lines of “Seán McGowan is the new Frank Turner” because he’s definitely his own thing. He was able to show off his angry side like most other punk acts with an acoustic guitar, but he was also able to show a more sensitive side to his music which all helped to create a nice diverse set. There’s been a rise in the popularity in “folk-punk” (for lack of a better name) recently but with music like Seán’s, it’s very easy to see where the appeal comes from and there were definitely more than a few people who are waiting to listen to his debut album after tonight (which is due to be released later in the year).
Finally we have the last ever performance of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly which was stripped down to what made him such a popular act in the first place; just a man, a guitar and a laptop. The set itself mainly consisted of songs from his debut (Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager) because as Sam put it himself before the tour started “it’s the album most suited to one man and a laptop” and it’s also the album most people remember. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few surprises.
For one thing, the songs were updated and “remixed”, adding some rejuvenation to the music he’s been playing for ten years, which made for really interesting listening. There was also a sprinkling of other tracks from other albums as well, which helped with the flow of the set and added the element of surprise as there were a few songs that were performed that you didn’t expect to hear, including a track from the abandoned fifth GCWCF album called “Remember” (which he actually released on Record Store Day this year). The crowd were also clearly enjoying the night, an example of which comes from the end where everyone was singing along to the last two tracks of the evening, “War of the Worlds” and “Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, pt. 1”.
So yes, it’s sad to hear that we won’t ever hear some of these songs again, and we’re never going to get a show that’s entirely from the GCWCF library but tonight was a celebration of the music, rather than being sad about the end. If anything, it makes you optimistic for the future Sam Duckworth.