BY ALYSSA GIRDWAIN
PHOTO BY ERIN O’CONNELL
If YouTube has evolved beyond the world’s preeminent cat video depository to become the definitive source for discovering budding musical talent, Walk Off The Earth is certainly no exception. In their irreverent take on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” the group is huddled around a single guitar as they all take turns playing on it in an unconventional way. The video immediately went viral, along with the rest of the band’s quirky and original covers. Innovators suddenly turned recording artists, the Canadian indie band soon found themselves on Columbia Records for the 2013 release of R.E.V.O, an album and acronym standing for “Realize Every Victory Outright” — meant as a mantra for pursuing your dreams. Outfitted with original songs including the folksy and radio-friendly “Red Hands”, they bend and combine genres while playing on musical trends throughout an album that plays out like a Top 40 countdown.