Brudenell Social Club was the perfect setting for this intimate and well received gig. The support act was literal one man band Rams’ Pocket Radio from Northern Ireland. His act consisted of him either playing the keyboard and singing or him playing drums and singing to pre-recorded keyboard parts. His style of theatrical keyboard and emotional vocals combined with, accomplished drumming and a great voice provided a good starting point for Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly to build from.
Sam Duckworth was accompanied by a full band and showcased the latest album Maps as well as playing the classics from the previous ones. His new material seemed to be orientated more towards being played by a band than his previous work. This was proved by the opening track ‘The Real McCoy’ which was livelier and more upbeat than I was expecting.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly then gave an energetic, crowd pleasing performance of ‘I-Spy’ with the audience singing every word along with Sam. Two songs later the crowd were in full voice again this time to ‘War Of the Worlds’. The live performance of this track was really impressive, it started out with just Sam and his guitar creating a beautiful acoustic sound before the rest of the band joined in and it evolved into a forceful loud track. This showcased what Get Cape, Wear Cape. Fly do really well in just one song. Sam is incredibly accomplished at producing beautiful acoustic songs and equally capable of creating powerful, upbeat live performances.
The rest of the band then left the stage for two songs allowing Sam to showcase his acoustic talents. He is such an impressive guitarist and vocalist that he managed to produce a sound that simulated a full band on stage. The guitarists and drummer then rejoined him for ‘Glasshouses’.
Before they played ‘Daylight Robbery’, Sam had one of his trademark rants about job cuts and tax avoidance, like the musical Mark Thomas. The song itself had very political lyrics, with guitar and bass parts reminiscent of Feeder in their heyday. The final song was ‘Easy (Complicated)’ which sounded great with the call and response audience participation during the chorus.
The encore began with Sam alone on stage playing ‘Call Me Ishmael’, as it had been requested by audience members prior to the gig. He was then joined by the band for ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager (Part One)’, and once again the crowd sang every word. This performance differed from the album version as it had a drawn out, high energy finish making it a solid ending to the gig.
Throughout I was highly impressed by Sam Duckworth’s ability and his nature. His vocals were clear and his guitar playing incorporated many different styles and influences. He seemed genuinely humbled by the support of the fans and you could tell he enjoyed himself on stage.