Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is the stage name of English artist Sam Duckworth and his band. He is sometimes referred to as Get Cape, Cape, GCWCF and Slam Dunkworth (the latter title apparently first coined by Emmy The Great). According to Duckworth, his stage name comes from a ZX Spectrum magazine. One of the sections of the solution to the Batman computer game contained the header "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly".
Sam grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Get Cape was signed to Atlantic Records in March 2006, after playing many gigs, both with punk rock band Silverskin and as Get Cape. Get Cape has collaborated with Billy Bragg, Nitin Sawhney, Shlomo, Killa Kela, Baba Maal, Flea, Kate Nash, and many others with his participation in many events for Africa Express.
Sam co-organised The Demolition Ball - the last night at the London Astoria venue before it was knocked down in January 2009. Get Cape also headlined the Astoria for his 21st birthday party.
The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager
Get Cape's debut album, The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, is best described as an indie/folk/electronic fusion. The album made the top 100 albums of 2006 lists of Q and NME. It reached number 26 on the official UK album chart and spawned three top 40 singles.
In October 2006, he performed as part of the BBC Electric Proms. He played at a number of major festivals in 2007, including Oxegen, Glastonbury,Reading and Leeds Festivals and SXSW, and appeared in the BBC Radio 1 live lounge.
In January 2007, Duckworth was nominated for best solo artist at the annual NME Awards, up against Lily Allen, Jamie T, Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke, although he did not win.
Searching for the Hows and Whys
Get Cape's second album, Searching for the Hows and Whys was released on 10 March 2008. It features guest vocals from Kate Nash on the track, "Better Things". The album also features Billy Bragg on "Interlude". "Waiting for the Monster to Drown" was released as a free download via Get Cape's official website and MySpace on 7 December 2007. The first single released from the album was "Find The Time" which was released on 3 March 2008, and reached number 33 on the UK Top 40 Chart.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. [Self-titled]
The third and self-titled album was released on Cooking Vinyl on 13 September 2010, with the first single from the album "Collapsing Cities Feat. Shy FX" released on 9 August 2010. The album cover artwork was created by artist Jon Kipps and photographer Joe Lang.
The Mannequin is the first album released under the name Sam Duckworth rather than 'Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.'
The fourth Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album was released on 7 May 2012.
On 24 March 2008, he performed on Hollyoaks as part of a gig staged in the village.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly have also had an episode of American TV show One Tree Hill named after them. Every episode of the show has a title with a musical theme, either a song title or band name. Episode 3 of season 6 of One Tree Hill is titled "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly."
Duckworth is well known for his debating and love for a variety of different musical styles. He has had run-ins with the British National Party after a racist attack in a nightclub which led to the song "Glasshouses", and he has since become an avid supporter of Love Music Hate Racism. He is also a Fairtrade supporter.
Sam also took part in Oxfam's Blue campaign at Glastonbury which was shot by photographer Rankin.
Rumours circulating the net included that of Duckworth's proposed marriage to "an Asian princess" in an interview with Metro Newspaper. The talk of an Asian princess was just hearsay, but in an interview Sam admitted that there was no truth to the engagement however he was dating fellow musician Nadine Shah, hailed as "the female Nick Cave".
Sam grew up in Southend-on-Sea and attended Southend High School for Boys between 1997 and 2004, studying Geography (amid others) to A-level. He took part in the school's House System, as a member of 'Tuscany' house.
Discography (as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly)
|2006||The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager||26||Atlantic|
|2008||Searching for the Hows and Whys||30|
|2010||Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly||89||Cooking Vinyl|
EPs and Demos
|2004||Demo 1||Self Released|
|Split with The Remarkable Rocket||Big Scary Monsters|
|2005||Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly|
|2006||Split with Dave House||Big Scary Monsters/Gravity DIP|
|2009||Covers EP||Pure Groove|
|2006||I Spy / Call Me Ishmael||—||Atlantic||The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager|
|The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager (Part One)||38|
|War of the Worlds||39|
|Waiting for the Monster to Drown||—||Searching for the Hows and Whys|
|2008||Find the Time||33|
|Keep Singing Out||—|
|2010||Collapsing Cities||—||Cooking Vinyl||Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly|
Discography (as Sam Duckworth)
|2011||The Mannequin||—||Cooking Vinyl|
|2013||Amazing Grace||—||self released (via PledgeMusic)|
|2011||Angels in the Snow||Cooking Vinyl|
The GCWCF live band includes:
- Mikey Glenister – Cornet
- Andy Theakstone – Drums
- Gavin Fitzjohn – Trumpet, Sax, Vests
- Jamie Allen – Bass Guitar
- Tom Pinder – Trombone
- Tim Oliver – Keyboards
- Chris Bradshaw – Guitar
- Cody Webb - Bongo
- on Myspace