On Sunday 2nd of October, Sam Duckworth aka Recreations aka Get Cape, Wear Cape Fly, played a triumphant hometown gig at the end of Southend Pier. I would have been in attendance anyway as Sam was playing ‘Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager’ – simply one of the greatest British albums of the 21st century – but I was there with an ulterior motive. This magical gig was being recorded for posterity and then released less than a week later for Cassette Store Day!
“But Jed, how is it possible that you can record a gig on a Sunday night, mix it for tape, dub it, sort the artwork, have it delivered and be ready for Cassette Store Day which *checks watch* is only 5 days later?” I hear you ask. Well, that’s the beauty of the format and why so many labels and bands have turned to it in the last few years. The viability of the format is closely linked to its ability to capture a moment and then share that moment very quickly after. If we tried to do this on vinyl, we may, at a push, have something ready for XMAS. Cassettes bring us closer to the artist, not only by being able to experience their intention faster, but by giving you something tangible to hold and feel and keep. This was an experiment which proved in certain circumstances, tapes are the only way to go.
There is no digital download for this EP as I want to keep it solely cassette only as Sam is releasing a full Live album some time next year with all the songs on it. It’s definitely worth getting though as it includes some choice banter between songs from Sam, where he chides his parents for wearing “all of the merch” he has ever produced!
The tape was launched on Cassette Store Day at Jen Long’s (who created the day itself) event at Lion Coffee and Records in London, where Sam played all the songs from the tape and a few other classics. It was ace! Below is Sam, Jen and I after a solid week of planning this tape, from gig to CSD and it was more than worth the effort we put in!
Recreations is currently on tour in the following places and I urge you to go check him out! I know POST/POP sells a lot of tapes in Germany, so I’m looking at you guys to go and support this tour. Turn up, sing loud and buy his merch!
|Fri 21 Oct||19:30||Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate|
|Fri 25 Nov||19:30||Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich|
|Sat 26 Nov||19:30||Zombie Shack, Manchester|
|Thu 1 Dec||19:30||Druckluft, Oberhausen, Germany|
|Fri 2 Dec||19:30||Beatpol, Dresden, Germany|
|Sun 4 Dec||19:30||Privatclub, Berlin, Germany|
|Mon 5 Dec||19:30||Kassablanca, Jena, Germany|
|Tue 6 Dec||19:30||Gleis 22, Münster, Germany|
|Wed 7 Dec||19:30||Sudhaus, Tübingen, Germany|
|Thu 8 Dec||19:30||Das Bett, Frankfurt, Germany|
|Sat 10 Dec||19:30||Lucky Luke, Trier, Germany|
|Sun 11 Dec||19:30||Rossli, Bern, Switzerland|
|Mon 12 Dec||19:30||Eldorado, Zurich, Switzerland|
|Tue 13 Dec||19:30||Blue Shell, Cologne, Germany|
|Wed 14 Dec||19:30||Knust, Hamburg, Germany|
|Thu 15 Dec||19:30||Tower, Bremen, Germany|
|Fri 16 Dec||19:30||Alter Schlachthof, Lingen, Germany|
and next year we should be re-releasing ‘Chronicles’ on a special tape so that will be one of my life goals achieved! Find out more about Sam and Recreations in the following places.
Hope you enjoy the tape!