A bit of a new one today on Safety In Sound, but one I am utterly honoured to host and hopefully continue with other acts in the future. Back in 2006 when SIS was nothing but a notebook hidden in the bottom of my bedside drawer rather than a place on the internet, a periodical for me to pretentiously pass judgement on bands in the hope that it would be discovered and I would be signed up as NME's youngest ever editor (only half a joke), the one cd that experienced constant rotation on my pastel blue original iPod mini was 'Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager' by Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. The electronic take on traditional acoustic folkiness seemed somewhat revolutionary to 13 year old me, and has been a record I have come back to many times since.
In light of Sam Duckworth's decision to retire the project with an extensive UK tour (full dates and tickets here), I thought that the most fitting tribute would be direct from the man himself. And so, a few emails later, Mr Duckworth was kind enough to share with me his favourite five songs from the past 8 years of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Over to you Sam!
1) Chronicles of a bohemian teenager: Part 1
'I had to start with this really, its been a staple of pretty much every set I have done since it was written in 2005. A song written in my days of megabus and train touring, after a particularly long stint of visits to Oxford, in particular to one house "188" and a group of friends who made this period of time so much fun. This song was my first release (a 10" split with Dave House) to get radio play and one that really helped to kick start the journey. There have been many "ba ba ba" moments over the years, but ones that stick in particular are the first time we played reading in 2006, the Astoria on my 21st birthday and on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury. Strange to think that a song I wrote after a house party would strike a chord in the way this song did. Its been a significant part of the Get Cape journey and will be the moment, each night of the tour, that the finality really sinks in.'
2) All Of This Is Yours (Feat Baaba Maal)
'I'll never forget recording Baaba's vocal for this song, it wasn't so much a case of the hairs standing on end, but every fibre of my being feeling the power of his incredible voice. I was very touched that Baaba agreed to sing and play guitar on one of my songs, after meeting him at Africa Express in Nigeria. He is a legend for his music and his work in Africa in fighting for justice and rights for all in his continent. One of my favourite GCWCF tracks and a shame that it'll never get to be performed live in its full glory.'
3) Collapsing Cities (Feat Shy Fx)
'A similar thought process on this one. I've always loved drum and bass, as evidenced on the previous 2 Get Cape LPs and spent most of 2007 and 2008 casually name dropping Shy FX in interviews in the hope someone would show him. Thankfully this worked and out came Collapsing Cities. I had written this song with shy in mind, as there is no one who comes close, in my opinion, to bringing the more party carnival elements into drum and bass, as well as Shy does. It was also the start of a friendship that consistently challenges and inspires me. I'm really chuffed that he will be closing our final show at the forum, maybe its time to play this live with the man himself and the horn section in tow...'
4) Call Me Ishmael
'I recently had the honour of playing this song at a Wedding for my friends Rob and Ali. I was surprised to be asked as I had never seen the romance in this song before. This song was written with the hope that it would encourage people to remember that work is not the centre and life can be much richer when you celebrate the things you love in the best way you can, by giving them the time they deserve. Over the years I've been touched to hear that this song has been an inspiration and a cornerstone in peoples relationships, the highest honour that can be bestowed to any song. Also the cause of the hardest video shoot I've done, but also one of the best. 7 hours on my hands and knees crawling through mud, whilst trying to have a facial expression other than confusion and pain was tough, but I think it turned out ok!'
The Real McCoy
'This is a song about the etymology behind the expression the Real McCoy. There was a loose enough link to fulfil a dream and make a pro wrestling video, which was expertly created by Luke Snellin with help from TNA wrestling. Produced by Jason Perry, this was the first single to an album that felt like the shackles were off. "Maps" got lost a little, due to my falling seriously ill soon after its release and it was a real shame. The tour setting up the album was the most fun I'd had in years and it feels some moments, this being the best example, were Get Cape at its most fun, but also not being totally throwaway lyrically.'