Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly: The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager

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You know how the government are always setting up task forces or other bollocks, just so it looks as if they actually care about us? They�d get more out of listening to Southend troubadour Sam Duckworth. Who would have thought that this year�s coolest, most political new hero would get his point across via the power of folk music? You know Sam better as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. That name may have geekish origins, having been culled from a computer game magazine, but Sam doesn�t sit on his Xbox all day. In the past 18 months he�s got full value from his Young Persons Railcard, playing nearly 200 gigs, armed with just his guitar and a laptop to trigger his homemade beats. He�s got pissed with fans, slept on their floors, writing songs as he went. Those songs are, for the most part, simple, direct and beautiful. �Lighthouse Keeper� recounts Sarf-end life: �Get out of this place!� he rasps � being half-Burmese, Sam has attracted attention from bigots � before ending it, conscious that bitterness would be giving in too easily, with ��it�s good to be home, from time to time�. �An Oak Tree� chronicles relationship problems while �Once More With Feeling� is his call to arms: �Don�t let people make you think that just because you�re young, you�re useless�. Comparisons have been made to �80s pop legend Billy Bragg, mainly because they�re both a) Essex men, b) make folk-influenced indie and c) write songs that mix everyday life with politics. Thankfully for Sam, he doesn�t have Billy�s big conk. But if Get Cape� has half the influence his hero had in mobilising us to fight injustice, that superhero name will begin to look remarkably appropriate.

Stephen Worthy