Stroll into the sublime with Walk Off the Earth
Any band featuring members with nicknames like “Luminati” and “Beard Guy” has to offer something unique, right? Walk Off The Earth, the Canadian five-piece that expands to eight members during live shows is more than unique, it’s mesmerizing. Between the number of instruments they play, the way they play those instruments and their staging, audiences remain fascinated by them.
Take their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” which garnered more than 175 million views on YouTube in four months. All five members harmonize and play different parts of the same guitar to create their version of the song. Sounds created from WOTE come from musical contraptions that include glockenspiel, kazoo, kalimba, beatbox and whirlytubes, among others. The tubes are featured prominently in the group’s take on Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
While covers brought them fame, the band also produces catchy original tunes like “Gang of Rhythm,” which is a pop song that also delves into Americana and showcases Sarah Blackwood’s voice against those of her mates. WOTE has won a bevy of Canadian Radio Music Awards and Juno Awards. It remains a radio-friendly act, but there is nothing like seeing the live show.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 7 p.m. March 3, starting at $29.50 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster