Sam Duckworth aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is back and he still gives a s***. The crowd at Village Underground was treated to a heartfelt and raucous performance complete with 12-strong backing band featuring saxophonists, bongo players and flautists – a triumphant return under the Get Cape... banner (which he cribbed from a retro gamer magazine) for the indie singer-songwriter.
Renditions of “Collapsing Cities”, “Call Me Ishmael” and “I-Spy” are the perfect way to get things started. Later the passionate activist bookends his performance of “Just a Phase” with a plea for those in attendance to attend the pro NHS demonstrations on the 3 February, launching broadsides at Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt to ferocious applause from the crowd.
His addictive blend of acoustic melody with political statement has worked well for Duckworth. It's a style that has seen the young performer bracketed alongside Billy Bragg, and confirmed his as one of England's most compelling political songsmiths.
New album Young Adult tells the story of how Duckworth has developed since bursting on the scene with Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager back in the late 2000s. One thing that remains, however, is his ability to use song as a medium for political statement – nowhere more evident than with new track “Adults”, a powerful closer to a powerful show.