Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly / Walter Schreifels / Kate Nash

Leeds Metropolitan University on Wednesday 24 January 2007

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London songstress Kate Nash is missed by a lot of people, and her half an hour set can not really be quoted on by myself as I miss her too. I can reveal from my sources that she plays quirky tunes, but could be likened to Lily Allen (how unfortunate) for delivering the lyrics to songs such as ‘Birds’ and ‘The Nicest Thing’ in a London accent. Not that this is a bad thing, just do you want really to be labelled like the annoying younger Allen?

Ex- Quicksand and Rival Schools man Walter Schreifels is up next with his acoustic guitar. A charming New Yorker, now residing in Berlin, he has many songs revolving around bicycles that mend themselves, friends (‘Distressed Friends’), people he meets and things he eats. All seems a bit mundane eh? Well the place has certainly filled up, as the sold out crowd work their way into the hall for the last set.

Walter Schreifels

The person with the most random name-to-work connection comes onto the stage and shows off the confidence he has built from years travelling the UK sharing his emo-tinged tunes. Joining Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly are drummer Andy Theakstone, who starts by providing the beat to a melody produced by a Mac laptop, and then a two-man brass section including Mike Glenister, then Sam Duckworth himself.

While some songs are left up to the 20 year old and his strings, the real treats are when the drum and bass breakbeats kick in, topped off by Theakstone and some hand claps from the brass boys. The back wall shows video projections of GCWCF music videos, all perfectly in time with the live sound. You can tell Billy Bragg is a huge influence, with topics about fair trade and the recent Big Brother events both mentioned. As Duckworth says, the videos mean that he doesn’t have to speak as much and can get on with preaching less and playing more.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

The greatest cheer of the night is for ‘The Chronicales Of A Bohemian Teenager (Part 1)’, just before the encore. Whether it’s down to all the hype, GCWCF’s internet fans out in full force, or just the fact that young people can relate to a lad of his years, the show is a sell out success. The guy deserves it; lets hope he goes on spreading his worthy words well into old age.

Set list:

Children Are (The Consumers Of) The Future
An Oak Tree
Call Me Ishmael
The Payoff
Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly
You Just Sit There In Silence
I Spy
I’ve Got Better Things To Do Tonight
Glass Houses
Window Of Your Mind
Whitewash Is Brainwash
The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager (Part 1)
The Lighthouse Keeper
War Of The Worlds

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article by: Danielle Millea

photos by: Danielle Millea

published: 26/01/2007 17:14