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Walk Off The Earth 2014 Tour Dates

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Walk Off The Earth have announced a headlining North American tour to start off 2014.  The tour kicks off on Jan 16 in Minneapolis and routes through March 6 in Los Angeles, with Parachute supporting on the run.  A full list of North American tour dates is below.  Tickets will be available for pre-sale today and will go on sale to the general public on Nov 1.  The Canadian band’s lively set incorporates their wildly popular covers with original songs from their Columbia Records debut full length, R.E.V.O., which is available now.  R.E.V.O. features the band’s breakout hit single “Red Hands,” which hit #1 on the Adult Alternative radio charts and entered the Top 15 at the Adult Pop radio format.  Their follow up single “Gang of Rhythm” is impacting at radio now.

Walk Off The Earth were just nominated for a YouTube Music Award in the Response of the Year (best fan remix, parody or response video) category for their cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”, and have been confirmed to perform at the first ever YouTube Music Awards ceremony next month in NYC alongside Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Avicii, MIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.  The YouTube Music Awards celebrate artists who receive the highest levels of engagement with fans from all over the world, through views, likes, shares, comments, subscriptions and more. The inaugural ceremony will be hosted by actor and musician Jason Schwartzman along with comedian Reggie Watts, with Spike Jonze serving as creative director.  Fans can vote at youtube.com/musicawards from now until the live show on November 3 at 6pm ET.

In addition, Walk Off The Earth recently won a CASBY Award at home in Canada, where “Red Hands” has been certified Double Platinum and R.E.V.O. has been certified Gold.  In addition to accepting their award for Favourite New Artist, the group performed a short set for the packed crowd at the event.  Watch the band perform their new single “Gang of Rhythm” at the award show here.

Walk Off The Earth features multi-instrumentalists Gianni Luminati, Marshall, and Sarah Blackwood on vocals, Taylor on keyboards, and Joel Cassady on drums.  WOTE have an incredibly loyal fanbase, with over 1.5 million subscribers to their YouTube channel and over 795k fans on Facebook.  The band gained notoriety for their creative multi-million-viewed YouTube videos ranging from a cover of the Weeds theme “Little Boxes” to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” to their most well known cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” with all five band members playing one guitar, which has been viewed over 154 million times.  Walk Off The Earth released an album of original songs, R.E.V.O., which stands for the band’s motto Realize Every Victory Outright, on Columbia Records earlier this year.  R.E.V.O. features hit single “Red Hands” as well as their newest single “Gang of Rhythm.”  Walk Off The Earth have brought their energetic live show around the world, including a well received set at Lollapalooza and sold out headlining shows in cities from NYC and LA to Toronto, Tokyo, Singapore, London, and Paris.

Walk Off The Earth Headlining 2014 Tour

w/special guest Parachute

  • 1/16       Minneapolis, MN             Varsity Theater
  • 1/17       Milwaukee, WI                 The Pabst Theater
  • 1/18       Chicago, IL                           House of Blues
  • 1/21       Grand Rapids, MI             The Intersection
  • 1/22       Indianapolis, IN                 Deluxe @ Old National Center
  • 1/23       Cleveland, OH                   House of Blues Cleveland
  • 1/24       London, ON                        London Music Hall
  • 1/28       Portland, ME                      State Theatre
  • 1/29       New York, NY                    Best Buy Theater
  • 1/30       Philadelphia, PA               Electric Factory
  • 1/31       Norfolk, VA                        The NorVa
  • 2/1         Silver Spring, MD              The Fillmore – Silver Spring
  • 2/4         Charlotte, NC                     Amos’ Southend
  • 2/5         Atlanta, GA                         Buckhead Theatre
  • 2/6         Lake Buena Vista, FL       House of Blues
  • 2/7         Ft. Lauderdale, FL            Revolution
  • 2/15       Uncasville, CT                    Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
  • 2/20       Denver, CO                         Ogden Theatre
  • 2/21       Salt Lake City, UT              In The Venue
  • 2/22       Boise, ID                              Knitting Factory Concert House
  • 2/23       Spokane, WA                     Knitting Factory
  • 2/25       Portland, OR                      Crystal Ballroom
  • 2/26       Seattle, WA                        Showbox SoDo
  • 2/28       San Francisco, CA             The Regency Ballroom
  • 3/4         Anaheim, CA                      House of Blues
  • 3/5         San Diego, CA                    House of Blues
  • 3/6         Los Angeles, CA                House of Blues
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New Video: Walk Off The Earth – “Red Hands”

Walk Off The Earth have released a new video for their original song “Red Hands.” The group are already known for their innovative, unique homemade videos, and this one is no different. NPR’s Bob Boilen calls the video “high-concept but homemade, a little like the work of director Michel Gondry or the videos made by OK Go.  It’s a bit of a visual puzzle.”

The video, directed by Ellis Bahl, was shot in a single take in a warehouse in LA, and required the band to perform the song out of order and at different speeds to achieve the effect of jumping through time. Bahl explains, “We shot it on a steady-cam and walked backwards down the whole hallway with the band walking forwards performing the out of order song towards the camera. We only had enough supplies/daylight for ten takes and finally got it on the last one. It was really scary, but the payoff was immense.”

“Red Hands” is one of four tracks on WOTE’s just-released R.E.V.O. EP. “When we originally wrote the song, we were thinking about taking responsibility for your actions and standing up on your own when things go wrong… rather than blaming other people around you. Sometimes you just have to accept the circumstances that are thrown your way without pointing the finger,” says Gianni Luminati. Rolling Stone says of the song “‘Red Hands’ explodes with xylophone, walls of drums and anthemic chants,” and the NY Daily News has also praised the EP’s “rustic folk-pop originals with pluck.”

Walk Off The Earth have been bringing their energetic live show around the world all year, including a well received set at this summer’s Lollapalooza and sold out headlining shows in cities from NYC and LA to Toronto, Tokyo, Singapore, London, and Paris. They’re wrapping up the East Coast leg of their US headlining tour, and will pick up with a West Coast leg later this month. In addition to traditional ticket sales, fans can also purchase a special bundle including the R.E.V.O. EP and a ticket to the show of their choice here: http://smarturl.it/wotetix. A full list of tour dates is below.

Walk Off The Earth features multi-instrumentalists Gianni Luminati, Marshall, and Sarah Blackwood on vocals, Taylor on keyboards, and Joel Cassady on drums. WOTE have an incredibly loyal fanbase, with over 780k subscribers to their YouTube channel and over 592k fans on Facebook. The band gained notoriety for their creative multi-million-viewed YouTube videos ranging from a cover of the Weeds theme “Little Boxes” to Adele’s “Someone Like You” to their wildly popular cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” with all five band members playing one guitar, which has been viewed over 138 million times and landed the group a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Walk Off The Earth headlining tour

  • 11-06     Nashville, TN                      Cannery Ballroom
  • 11-07     Birmingham, AL                 Workplay Theater
  • 11-08     Atlanta, GA                          Center Stage
  • 11-09     Orlando, FL                         The Social
  • 11-10     Ft. Lauderdale, FL              Culture Room
  • 11-26     Seattle, WA                          Showbox
  • 11-28     Portland, OR                       Wonder Ballroom
  • 11-29     San Francisco, CA              Regency Ballroom
  • 11-30     Los Angeles, CA                 Troubadour
  • 12-01     Santa Ana, CA                    Yost Theater

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Interview: Walk Off The Earth

I got a chance to have some burning questions answered by the band, Walk Off The Earth, who recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform their cover of Gotye‘s “Somebody I Used To Know,” (which I posted a few weeks ago, but in case you haven’t seen it…here it is).

And here’s their performance on Ellen:

Walk Off The Earth is made of 5 people: Gianni, Marshall, Taylor, Joel and Sarah. So, with out further adieu, here we go:

MA: How did the 5 of you come together?
Sarah: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5!  Voila!  That’s us!

MA: Any story behind the name ‘Walk Off The Earth’?
Gianni: The band name we liked because when we make music we want it to take people away from the everyday.  We want people to walk off the earth and in to the happiest place in their minds. 

MA: Favorite activities (besides Ceiling Kicking)?
Sarah: Throwing instruments, jumping on trampolines, singing, making music and dancing.

MA: Favorite TV shows, past or present?
Sarah: The Muppet Show.

MA: Weird superstitions you use or abide by?
Sarah: I make wishes in to those fluffy flowers in the summer and blow them in to the air genuinely believing they will come true as long as no one else wishes on that one.

MA: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Sarah: Making other music.  I don’t know.  I teach yoga as well. 

MA: Taylor, do you love the ‘Epic Beard Guy’ persona? AND, do you have and wear the tee shirt?
Taylor: Um…well I guess it’s alright.  I don’t wear the shirt but I know some people do enjoy it from time to time. 

MA: Where would you like to be in 3 years time?
Sarah: Playing a rock show in outer space.

MA: Favorite thing Ellen said to you last week?
Sarah: “Well it’s a good thing you don’t play ukelele.”

MA: Plans you have going down in the next 2 weeks?
Gianni: We are writing and recording a bunch of new stuff.  Releasing a couple new videos and songs! 

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Whoa!: Walk Off the Earth – “Somebody I Used to Know” (Gotye Cover)

The unconventional, multi-talented five-piece musical phenomena, Walk Off The Earth, performed their hit cover of “Somebody That I Used To Know” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday.

Based in Burlington, Ontario, Walk Off The Earth’s brilliant 5-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” recently exploded on Youtube garnering well over 35 million views in under 2 weeks and is currently heating up the charts on iTunes. The massive fan response has drawn attention to their collection of innovative songs and videos spanning their last 5 years and generated an unprecedented flood of media interest.

For the past 5 years, Walk Off The Earth has built a massive following of dedicated fans from around the world through their unique and heartwarming approach to songwriting, filming and constant, open interaction with everyone their music touches.  With the massive popularity of “Somebody That I Used To Know,” new fans from around the world have fallen in love with the band’s organic, independent, sincere and honest original songwriting, cover interpretations and beautifully filmed videos.

The chemistry between the members of Walk Off The Earth is undeniable.  Marshall, Sarah Blackwood and Gianni Luminati’s individual vocal stylings mesh seamlessly with Taylor’s haunting harmonies and keys all the while soaring over epic melodic arrangements held together by Joel Cassady’s driving and prolific percussion work.  Their independent spirit, unstoppable work ethic and awe-inspiring creativity has catapulted Walk Off The Earth into new and uncharted waters with only bigger and better things on the horizon.

Controversy, questions and speculation about the authenticity of the video performance have been swirling from the moment the cover went online.  At the same time, Ellen Degeneres invited Walk Of The Earth to perform live on her syndicated daytime talk show in L.A.
Facts, Stats and Accolades:
  • Walk Off The Earth’s Youtube channel has over 60 million total upload views and counting
  • Walk Off The Earth’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” is the most watched video globally on YouTube for the month of January.
  • Their cover saw the highest Billboard debut since April 2011 blasting into the charts at #14.
  • Hitting the iTunes charts internationally with singles and past albums, including #1 Canada/Sweden/Germany. Top ten in most major markets.
  • Walk Off The Earth has gained social media support from Adele, Gotye, Russell Crowe, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Whiz Khalifa, Justin Timberlake and Ryan Seacrest just to name a few.

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