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Walk Off the Earth is an indie band from Burlington, Ontario. Their biggest claim to fame is producing low budget viral videos of both their own music, and cover versions of popular songs. In January of 2012 they hit it big with a video of five band members playing Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" on one guitar. Within days of posting the video had over 4 million views. Current view count sits at over 150 million.

When not sharing a guitar, the group incorporates multiple instruments into their songs, ranging from the ordinary (guitars, drums, shakers, harmonica, trombone), to the quirky (theremin, ukelele, cigar box guitars, beat box vocals), to found objects (water jug, microwave, handgun). Many songs also feature heavy use of the loop pedal. How these instruments enter and exit the videos is often a draw for video watchers.

While many videos feature guest appearances from friends in the music business, the core band members are:

  • Gianni Luminati Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Kazoo, Keys, Drums, Vocals, Theremin, Beatbox, Xylophone, Cigar Box Guitar, Cigar Box Ukulele;
  • Sarah Blackwood Guitar, Electric Guitar, Kazoo, Ukulele, Banjo, Bass, Vocals, Piano, Glockenspiel, Tamborine, Cigar Box Guitar, Xylophone;
  • Joel Cassady Drums, Cigar Box Guitar, Ukelele

Longtime member and Ensemble Dark Horse Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor passed away on December 29th, 2018.

On December 21st, 2019, Ryan Marshall left the band to start a solo career.

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