2012 was a great year for Canadian music. Whether you like their music or not, there were many huge breakthrough artists in 2012 that were from Canada: Carly Rae, The Sheepdogs, etc. Along with Bublé, Hedley, Drake, Bieber, Avril, Arcade Fire and many others, it felt like Canadians contributed a lot to the global music industry in past couple of years (and a lot more diverse than the early 2000s when mostly female vocalists that made it big.) Out of all of them, the band that I fell in love with, last year, was Walk Off the Earth.
Most people knew them from their simple yet creative video of Somebody that I Used to Know, with 5 people playing one guitar.
Other than their amazing vocal and musical skills, I can see why they are so appealing to many people, their group consist of at least one person you will like. You have the hardcore rocker/hippie guy (Gianni), the beautiful yet sassy girl with an angelic voice (Sarah), the boy next door with a twist of a jock guy (Marshall), the shy and quiet reliable guy (Joel), and of course the badass man of all men bearish "Bearded Guy" (Taylor). The fact that they each have some form of distinct "specialty" makes them such a great emsemble and a like-able group.
Here is another one of my favourite cover songs of theirs, Little Boxes, which the video showcase each of their "brand".
Their videos are always very creative and makes me go back and forth to watch them again and see how they were choreographed. One of their latest songs, Red Hands, was a one take video that was filmed not in the sequence of the song, where they fast forward and reverse back to create unique visuals (there's a link at the end of the video where you can watch the un-edit version.)
Finally, their latest hit, Gang of Rhythm, has my favourite, Bearded Guy, as the cowboy sheriff trying to catch the rest of the cast!
If you haven't listen to their tracks yet, give them a try. I think you'll fell in love, just like I did, with their easy-to-listen indie songs.
#29/365 – Walk Off the Earth