- Nov 20, 2013
'Tis the season, WOTE-heads! We recently recorded an exclusive session for iTunes which you can pre-order NOW by visiting http://smarturl.it/wote_itunes.
You'll get an instant download of our acoustic, live-off-the-floor version of Red Hands along with 6 more tracks on November 25th.
We'll also be releasing a holiday-themed video on the 25th that incorporates one of the covers from the session!
Happy holidays from our family to yours.
- Oct 30, 2013
Hey WOTE-lings! As you've probably heard by now, we'll be embarking on an extensive US tour in the new year! Presales will continue to run until general sale starts Friday November 1st at 12:00 local time in your territory. If prompted for a password, all you need to put in is the word "GANG"!
Limited VIP Packages that include meet & greets, photo ops, signed ukeleles, headphones from Polk Audio, exclusive merchandise and even a chance to jam with us LIVE on stage!
Head on over to the "Tour" section of the site for all dates and ticket links.
See you on the road!
- Gianni, Sarah, Marshall, Joel and Taylor
- Mar 19, 2013
Our debut full-length album, R.E.V.O., is now available worldwide! Get it here! It features 10 brand new songs and our cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know." Full track listing below:
2. Red Hands
3. Gang of Rhythm
7. Somebody That I Used To Know
8. These Times
9. Summer Vibe
10. Money Tree
11. No Ulterior Motives
- Nov 2, 2012
We've just launched our new video for the single "Red Hands". We shot this with our friend Ellis Bahl in LA a couple months ago. The video was filmed out of sequence in one shot, and then rearranged to make this cool visual puzzle effect. Please check it out, let us know what you think and feel free to share if you like it!
- Sep 7, 2012
We’re excited to announce that our new EP, R.E.V.O., will be available October 30th! Pre-order now and get an instant download of the studio version of “Summer Vibe”!
Thank you so much for your support...this EP means a lot to us and we can't wait for you to hear it!
- Jul 3, 2012
- May 15, 2012
The single of the song "Polly" that Gianni and Sarah did is now available on iTunes. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for buying our music. It helps us on our mission in taking over this shitty music industry. We are definitely rattling a few cages lately and it's a direct result of the passion and support of the WOTE fans...you guys are sic!
Grab the song on iTunes and check out the video below!
- May 14, 2012Thank you so much for all of your incredible support! We honestly couldn't appreciate all the love you've shown more than we do right now. You're the best! Things are crazy at the moment but we wanted to send you all a little thank you gift before things get even crazier. Please watch the video below and get your very own copy of our new track "These Times" for free or for whatever you'd like to spend. Thank you all again for making our dreams come true!
- May 7, 2012
50 MILLION YOUTUBE HITS FOR THEIR UNIQUE VIRAL VIDEO VERSION OF “SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW”
(New York, NY – Feb. 1, 2012) Columbia Records is pleased to announce that it has signed the well-known indie band Walk Off The Earth, whose current YouTube video, a five-person, one guitar cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” has racked up 50 million views on YouTube in less than a month.
The powerful fan response to the video has turned the five-year-old Canadian group into a media phenomenon and propelled them onto American network television, where a posted video of their appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show received a half-million views in less than a week.
In fact, their cover saw the highest Billboard debut since April 2011, blasting onto the charts at #14 with over 60,000 singles sold to date. The viral effect has been international as well – the song hit #1 on iTunes in Canada, as well as in Sweden and Germany.
The band has already gotten thumbs-up from an impressive roster of show business veterans, including actor Russell Crowe, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Wiz Khalifa (they covered his song “Roll Up”), Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest and Adele. Their version of her hit “Someone Like You” has had 3 million YouTube views.
WOTE’s presence on Facebook has grown exponentially as well since the video was first posted on Jan. 5. They now have 300,000 people who “like” them – an 85 percent jump in just three weeks ; in addition, their page on Wikipedia has been averaging 10,000 page views a day.
Gotye featuring Kimbra’s original video for “Somebody That I Used to Know” was an internet sensation on its own before Walk Off The Earth’s Gianni Luminati decided it was a perfect song for his band members, known for their creative remakes of current songs. (After seeing the Walk Off The Earth version, Gotye tweeted his approval, calling the new video “hilarious and brilliant.”) In the video, the five play the same guitar simultaneously as Ryan Marshall, Luminati and Sarah Blackwood trade off on vocals. The other band members are Joel Cassady on drums/percussion and Mike Taylor on keyboard.
But the Burlington, Ontario-based Walk Off The Earth, as their loyal fans will attest, is hardly an overnight sensation. Together since 2006, the five accomplished performers have remade dozens of songs and recently self-released an album, My Rock, that features original material, including the first single, “These Times.” Their ability to take a familiar song and give it an innovative twist has made their YouTube channel a hit, with 280,000 subscribers and 80 million combined views of their videos of both originals and covers.
“It’s been a crazy, dream-come-true moment for us,” said Luminati. “Our fans brought us to where we are now,” said Blackwood. “We will continue to play for them for a long time to come.”
It was Luminati – a musician since childhood who specializes in layering musical sounds and beat-boxing – who first envisioned the five group members playing the same guitar.
Once he heard the Gotye tune “I knew right away it was the perfect song for the idea,” he recalls. “I started messing around with different parts seeing if it would work.” Once he realized it could be done, he asked his bandmates to learn their individual parts before attempting to make the video. Once reunited, he admits they had trouble getting all the pieces to fit together: “It was pretty frustrating.” And once they turned on the camera it took 30 takes until they finally succeeded at around 4 a.m., when Luminati uploaded the video to their YouTube channel. (“All of our videos are one cut because I don’t know how to edit,” he admits).
“I went to bed at five or six in the morning, and by the time I woke up around 11 a.m. it was well on its way around the world,” he remembers. “We were already getting talked about on local radio stations.”
The band is currently in the studio working on original material for their release on Columbia Records.
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