Walking off the face of the globe is the last item of business for Burlington, Ontario rock band Walk Off the Earth. In fact, there is irony in the fact that their name is what it is, especially since they’re so rapid in spreading their music to the planet’s inhabitants and confidently nestled in its competitive industry. Having music from as far back as five years ago, it was through the stunning cover and interpretation of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” that gained the band more recognition and notoriety. Since its hype, Walk Off the Earth has released an EP entitled R.E.V.O., showcasing the depth in talent the band truly possesses.
“[The album] stands for Realize Every Victory Outright,” reveals vocalist, guitarist and percussionist Sarah Blackwood. “It’s basically our way of life. We have all come to a place in our lives where we are all about positivity and moving forward without boundaries. It’s a way to stand up and follow your dreams despite fear and the unknown. Take chances and be happy.”
That theme, however, goes beyond just the album; rather, it ties closely to the overall perspective the band takes.
“Follow your passions in life,” Blackwood states. “Fight for what you want and never let people tell you that your ideas are stupid. Even if they do, prove them wrong. People are always happier when they have achieved their true goals in life, especially when they have had to fight for them.”
With such an outlook, it’s no wonder, then, that Walk Off the Earth’s focus is more intact with the state of mind and music, rather than surrounding static.
“We don’t like to compare ourselves to other bands,” Blackwood insists. “It’s a waste of time being competitive; it makes people develop egos, so we just are ourselves and don’t worry about how that makes us different.”
Even with the pride in representing Canada, Walk Off the Earth still feels connected outside of that demographic.
“We love playing shows, so as long as we’re doing that, we are having a good time,” claims guitarist, bassist, harmonica and trumpet player and vocalist Ryan Marshall.
In fact, one of the band’s favorite areas to perform is none other than the Windy City.
“We love Chicago,” Marshall says. “I lived there for about a year, and it was awesome; I would move back in a second. Playing Chicago has been nothing but insanity! It’s one of the best cities in the United States for sure! We absolutely love it there!”
Another objective that the band strives for is world domination. With the wrap-up of a North American tour and the start of a European one, Walk Off the Earth is well on their way. Surely, they will make an enthusiastic return to the Windy City in 2013, one step closer in reaching that goal and only walking off the Earth so others can enter their heavenly harmonic haven. For more information on the band, check out their website here.