Courtesy Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly’s Myspace
On the MySpace page for Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., the stage name for British singer Sam Duckworth, the only description of the sound is “the ba ba guy.” This seems like it would be an appropriate description of a simplistic, sunny pop group, but GC.WC.F. mixes pensive lyrics and diverse instrumentation with just enough “ba bas” to create a sound that is always complex and often mournful.
This melancholy sound usually comes from the hollow wails of the brass section that supports Duckworth’s singing. The band boasts the sounds of a trumpet, cornet and saxophone in addition to a xylophone, keyboard, synthesizer and piccolo.
Duckworth tackles subjects that give his music enough substance to exclude him from the overtly poppy category, but still make GC.WC.F. enjoyable and easy to listen to. Many of the songs focus on the importance of actually experiencing life rather than giving too much priority to responsibilities. On “Find the Time,” from GC.WC.F.’s latest album, Searching for the Hows and Whys, explores this idea with lines like, “I know it’s hard and the good things never last / And yet there’s no point in waiting for a miracle to save your life.” Similarly, “Call Me Ishmael” from GC.WC.F.’s 2006 debut, The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, deals with the idea of trying to escape a dead-end life.
It’s refreshing to hear an artist — especially one as young as Duckworth, who is only 22 — frequently broach subjects that stray from the love-and-heartbreak that seem to inundate the airwaves today. But then again, convention isn’t really what you would expect from a guy who got his name from a magazine’s suggestion on how to beat a Batman video game. GC.WC.F. may not be saving the world, but it does provide some impressive indie rock, especially for someone whose only self-proclaimed interesting trait is being “the ba ba guy.”
–By Entertainment Editor Ani Vrabel