“Oh oh oh/Sing it all away, sing it all away my darlings”. Watching Burlington, Ontario band, Walk Off The Earth wasn’t your conventional concert. I don’t even know if concert would be the right world. It felt more like a good hearted reunion with a lot of family friends who just happen to be in a very talented band. Now, WOTE is currently enjoying a long standing career totaling with nine releases to date – not to mention an upcoming album, Sing It All Away. If you also haven’t checked out their youtube channel, they do great covers with their own personal touch and quirks as well. I had happened to hear a couple of songs that peaked my interest before the show and I loved how there was an effortless changing of genres. They aren’t quite ska, alternative, or indie rock: it’s pretty much all in one.
This explained the melting pot of fans who attended the show out show at the Bowery Ballroom. I’m talking older parents who were on dates nights to little kids who wanted to tag along. The band played an hour and a half set which in included covers of Pharrell William‘s “Happy” and Madonna‘s “Material Girl”. In between a couple of songs, the band and crowd would sing the chorus of “Sing It All Away”. The song, “Sometimes” off of R.E.V.O. is the best indicator of how eclectic Walk Off The Earth is as a band. You have multi-instrumentalist Gianni Luminati sing a reggae flavored verse, followed by fellow multi-instrumentalists Ryan Marshall, and Sarah Blackwood finish with a indie rock twist. Some bands may have trouble coupling multiple genres of music together in one album, let alone one song.
The show had everything from smoke machines to huge drums making more of a party setting. There wasn’t one person standing still or quiet as they were really in tuned to show. It was more like old friends catching up after a period of time. As the whole band stood on the stage and gave a toast at the end of “Summer Vibe”, you can tell that everyone was going to go home satisfied and happy.