Canadian band Walk off the Earth formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario. Made up of multi-instrumentalists Ryan Marshall, Gianni Luminati, Mike Taylor,Joel Cassady, and Sarah Nicole Blackwood, the band has become known for its innovative cover songs. Their success started with YouTube. The group started to become popular in 2012 after its cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” performed by all the band members playing one guitar, received 70 million views in two months, earning Walk Off the Earth not only positive vibes from the original artist, but a contract with Columbia Records, which released R.E.V.O. in 2013. People immediately fell in love with the band’s organic, independent, sincere and honest original songwriting, cover interpretations and beautifully filmed videos. The band has also covered “Rude” by MAGIC!, “Someone Like You” by Adele, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Payphone” by Maroon 5, “Roll Up” by Wiz Khalifa and many other songs. In December 2012, the band released an original single titled “Gang of Rhythm”, on March 11th. The full length R.E.V.O. album was released on March 19, 2013. The most recent tour is the “Sing It All Away” tour through Europe and North America 2015-present.
Let’s talk about the creativity within this band starting with their hit cover Somebody That I Used to Know. With five people and one guitar, this video recording/ cover really takes the song to the top. I love the setup of the video and how from just looking at the videos sets you in such a realistic mood. Five different voices and one instrument really caught my attention. The original version of the song is sing by Gotye with 791,367,872 views on YouTube. The cover by Walk off the Earth reached 179, 621,767 views. I love how in the video, everyone has a part. I appreciate the concept and the wat the band went about singing the song. Even though it was only a cover, their personal creativity and uniqueness really puts a twist to it. The song as a whole is simply beautiful. I didn’t see this video as Gotye’s work and I didn’t see it as a cover. I saw talent.
Even though the song was only a cover, it was not just a cover. It was sang like an original. The emotion and feeling put into just this one song was overwhelming. It has you questioning who really wrote the song, them or Gotye? The world may never know.