Walk off the Earth

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Walk off the Earth
Origin Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock, alternative rock, reggae rock, experimental rock, ska
Years active 2006–present
Labels Columbia,[1] SlapDash
Associated acts Gianni and Sarah, G Spot Tornado, The Creepshow
Website walkofftheearth.com
Members Gianni Luminati
Sarah Blackwood
Ryan Marshall
Mike Taylor
Joel Cassady
Past members Peter Kirkwood

Walk off the Earth is a Canadian rock band that was formed in 2006 in Burlington, Ontario, and has gained success around the world by making low-budget music videos of covers and originals. The band built its fan base independently with no help from record labels, booking agents, or management. In February 2012, the music industry publication Crazed Hits reported that the band had signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.[1] The band is best known for its covers of popular music on YouTube, making use of uncommon instruments such as the ukulele and the theremin, as well as looping samples. The band's recorded music and videos are produced by member and multi-instrumentalist, Gianni Luminati (Giancarlo Nicassio).

History[edit]

The band's first success came from covering the songs of The Gregory Brothers. The video of the band's live cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" became rapidly popular on YouTube in early 2012, gathering over 127 million views in four months[2] and received positive responses from both Gotye and his co-singer on the song, Kimbra.[3][4] The band has also covered "Someone Like You" by Adele, "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO, "Payphone" by Maroon 5, "Roll Up" by Wiz Khalifa and dozens of other tracks.[5][6] In December 2012, the band released an original single titled "Gang of Rhythm".[7] On March 11, RollingStone magazine streamed their unreleased R.E.V.O. LP in its entirety. The full length R.E.V.O. album was released on March 19, 2013, followed by a tour based around the Album.

Members[edit]

Walk off the Earth on Youtube Rewind 2012
Current members
  • Gianni Luminati – bass, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, drums, vocals, theremin, xylophone, piano, cajon, cello, bongos
  • Sarah Blackwood – guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, glockenspiel, percussion, xylophone, piano, vocals
  • Ryan Marshall – guitar, bass, trumpet, piano, harmonica, vocals, ukulele, mandolin
  • Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor – piano, keyboards, organ, vocals, xylophone, glockenspiel, trumpet, electric toothbrush, melodica, didgeridoo
  • Joel Cassady – drums, cajon, percussion, vocals, bass, organ, piano, spoons, ukulele, guitar
Touring members
  • Lee Bolt - guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, ukulele
  • Shameless James O'Neill - trumpet, percussion
  • Zach Gerber - drums, guitar, bass, vocals
Past members
  • Peter Kirkwood – drums, vocals

Popularity[edit]

  • The band's cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", with accompanying video where all five members are shown playing on one guitar, went viral in early 2012 and has so far gained over 156 million hits on YouTube.[8]
  • Ellen DeGeneres featured the band on her January 23, 2012 show where they played live, again on one guitar.
  • The band's cover of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" with four of the five members and guest beatboxer KRNFX using only vocals (in the style of a capella) and uploaded to YouTube on January 1 of 2013 has since gone viral.[9]
  • The band appeared in the Season 4 premiere of CTV's The Listener, performing two songs and socializing with the main characters in the bar.
  • They were included in the Youtube 2012 review, doing a part of an acoustic version of "Gangnam Style" on one guitar, a reference to their viral video
  • The band's Youtube video of Lorde's "Royals" was featured in the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award ceremony Award Result
2013 Juno Awards Breakthrough Group of the Year Nominated
Video of the Year - Little Boxes Nominated
2013 Casby Awards Molson Canadian Favourite New Artist Won
2013 YouTube Music Awards Response of the Year Nominated
2014 Juno Awards Group of the Year Nominated
Pop Album of the Year - R.E.V.O. Nominated
Juno Fan Choice Award Nominated

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUT BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
CAN DEN FRA
[10]
IRL NED SUI SWE US UK
"Somebody That I Used to Know" 2012 30 30 28 13 12 80 48 9 54 45 109 80 R.E.V.O.
"Red Hands" 9 16 [12]
"Gang of Rhythm" 2013 60
"Shake" 2014 82
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Columbia signs Walk off the Earth". Crazed Hits. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Cashmere, Paul (9 January 2012). "Gotye Cover Inspires Russell Crowe To Pitch To Walk off the Earth". Noise11. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Twitter post by Gotye". Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Cashmere, Paul (8 January 2012). "Kimbra Impressed With Gotye Cover By Walk off the Earth". Noise11. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  5. ^ CTV Edmonton (Jan 13, 2012). "Ont. band Walk Off the Earth has viral YouTube hit". CTV News. BellMedia. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Lester, Paul (April 25, 2013). "Walk Off the Earth (No 1,500)". The Guardian (online) (United Kingdom: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 2014-01-02.  theguardian.com.
  7. ^ "Gang of Rhythm by Walk Off The Earth". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Walk off the Earth cover of "Somebody That I Used to Know"
  9. ^ "Walk Off The Earth’s "I Knew You Were Trouble" Cover Goes Viral". Metro Lyrics. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  10. ^ LesCharts.com French and European chart positions for Walk off the Earth's version "Somebody That I Used to Know"
  11. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Walk Off the Earth – Somebody That I Used to Know". Music Canada. 
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – Walk Off the Earth – Red Hands". Music Canada. 

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