Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. (4 stars)

Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Fri 13 Aug 2010


This article is from 2010.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Whilst the fast-expanding crowd assemble for the arrival of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, we are treated to energetic three-piece The Xcerts, a melodramatic rock/pop outfit from Scotland. With the charismatic bassist being an irregular pitchfork, this band set themselves a little outside the box in the emo-inspired scene. A venture into the crowd by said bassist is the finale of their set, perhaps not quite gaining his 'rock out with the crowd' moment as planned, but clearly enjoying himself nonetheless.

Soon Sam Duckworth, the headline act of this Edge Festival show, appears in the venue to brush shoulders with the waiting fans and soundcheck his equipment; a shy character who looks humbled to see such a turnout. When the set begins the crowd are soon singing along to the familiar 'War of the Worlds' and 'Call Me Ishmael' before being introduced to new tracks from the forthcoming third album, with lead single 'Collapsing Cities' indicating a more club rock sound, similar to Pendulum. Crowd interaction is frequent and never more so than during impassioned speech which precedes 'Glasshouses'. Something of a political activist, Duckworth warns against the victimisation of immigrants, as well as casual homophobia and racism which can lead to a hatred of minority groups; a message which is met with applause from an appreciative crowd. The two song encore finishes with a singalong in the shape of his early breakthrough track 'The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager', and, while Duckworth may no longer be a teenager, he remains an artist searching for ways to break from the conventions of the reclusive singer/songwriter model.

This article is from 2010.


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