Get Cape Wear Cape Fly headline The Box
September 20, 2011 1 Comment
Acclaimed English songwriter and the voice of articulate, noughties youth – Sam Duckworth arrives with Get Cape Wear Cape Fly for a special one-off show at The Box in Crewe on Saturday September 24th.
The Southend-born troubadour, who named his solo project after a solution from an old Batman adventure game, saw his debut album The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager make the top albums of 2006 lists of both Q and NME.
The long player was led by anthemic numbers War Of The Worlds, I Spy and the title Part 2 track.
He then hooked in Kate Nash and Billy Bragg to guest on the similarly successful 2008 follow up Searching For The Hows And Whys, became a leading figure in the political pop scene (a pub run-in with the BNP prompted Sam to become heavily involved with the Love Music Hate Racism campaign) and helped spark the new wave of modern folk heroes that’s brought us Jamie T and Jack Penate.
For many less inspired artists that might be the end of their creative thrust.
But when Sam came to construct his third album Collapsing Cities, he found himself with a mountain of fresh and eclectic material with no idea how to fit any of it together.
“I’m glad I did everything I did on the second album, partly to get stuff out of my system, partly because I learnt a lot,” he said.
“I had a lot of time to think about this record. The majority of it happened in one room, it wasn’t in the studio, there wasn’t a tracking schedule, I was just playing around with ideas.”
Sam built tracks around the basic acoustic melodies and added reams of electronic layers that saw the tunes spiral off in ever more elaborate and exotic directions, inspired by a new love for hip-hop and a rediscovered passion for drum’n’bass.
The album confirmed his standing as one of Britain’s greatest contemporary songwriters of a new generation.
A performance at the BBC Electric Proms followed before touring some of the world’s biggest festivals including Oxygen, Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading and SXSW as well as an NME Award nomination for Best Solo Artist.
The Crewe show features support from local bands Thick As Thieves from Northwich, Sink or Swim from Crewe and Sweet Winn Dixie from Congleton.
Doors open at 7.30pm. For tickets visit www.theboxcrewe.co.uk.