Sam hosts a party as he hangs up the Cape to assume new identity
They say when you are a performing star it is never easy to know when exactly to step away from the spotlight.
Your management or core group of fans may clamour for more, but what is the correct decision? Push on for a few years more, or twist again and see how you fare with a new venture?
Sam Duckworth, better known as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, has faced this decision in recent months, not that it appears to have proved too agonising for him.
Speaking ahead of his 10-date farewell tour which concludes at the Kentish Town Forum next month, Duckworth seems relieved to have called time on his decade-long indie rock solo project.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will be best remembered for debut album “Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager”, from which four singles were released. The album sold more than 60,000 copies.
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The Southend-born musician, though, can also be proud of two Top 40 albums, collaborations with Billy Bragg and Kate Nash to name just a few other achievements, plus managing to sustain a career based on several musical genres.
“I don’t think I can handle being called Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly when I am in my 30s. That is almost solely the motivating factor,” says the 28-year-old who decided on the moniker after seeing the title of a computer magazine section.
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“I think most people have understood my decision – I have tried to be quite frank and honest with people throughout the whole time,” he adds.
So how does he reflect on Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly?
He is, by his own admission, keen to close this chapter of his musical career.
“I look back on it like a lot of people look at university,” he says. “I really enjoyed 90 per cent of it, but I could not do it everyday.
“It is time to graduate out of that and do something new. I loved it because I got a chance to see things and do things that I would never have dreamt of. I am now ready to get back on my horse, playing more and being in the studio more.
“It is not for any acrimonious reasons [to stop Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly] but it is the best time to do it and to have a party.”
And a party it will be. Firstly, Duckworth will tour the country’s renowned rock venues as part of the send-off with just his guitar and laptop, before playing with a full band at the Kentish Town Forum, supported by a “plethora” of acts.
Reflecting on rehearsals, Duckworth says: “It is very exciting – it feels like the best we have been for a while.
“There’s a freshness to everything which is a bit strange considering it’s for the last time.”
Duckworth insists musically, at least, nothing much will change on any future project and it will be more or less just a name change.
“I just want the chance to start something new, knowing that it is getting more and more tangible is kind of liberating, plus getting ready for the Forum show, all the energy is feeding into one place,” he explains.
Duckworth says it has been exciting to put his efforts into new projects in his Hoxton studio, called Amazing Grace, named after Spiritualized’s album.
He is keen to streamline his efforts and make his projects more “considered”, rather than the “schizophrenic” approach adopted for his last two albums – a self-titled effort and Maps.
“I am going to do some solo stuff,” he explains, before adding: “And just concentrate on me and the guitar. It is something I have not really done before – just stripping it right back.”
n Get Cape. Wear Cape, Fly plus Shy FX, The Xcerts and Jehst will play the Kentish Town Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, on September 12. Tickets for all 10 tour dates available from musicglue.com/getcapewearcapefly.