[Some of us] do weird sounding vocal warmups that sound like Satan’s preaching [laughs]. I just try to relax because I know when I get on stage that’s gonna change. You learn how to get ready for the big game and you get amped up to go on stage in front of all these people.: There’s this venue in Amsterdam called Paradiso.
I don’t do yoga or anything like that, I chill out. It’s floors and floors of this arena and people are just hanging over the guardrails, trying to jump down on you. And Sarah like me, a singer-songwriter, she also listens to country stuff.
One of them is “Red Hands”, just because it got so well known, especially in the states, and you have 2,000 people singing back to you a song that you wrote and screaming the words. It’s cool that you can pull something out of the woodwork and play it in front of 2,000 people and have them go crazy for it. You get people that are willing to experiment in different genres. I think it help us to add an original sound and get something that’s genuine for people to listen to.
While it was Walk Off the Earth’s (WOTE) 2012 video cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know that went viral and introduced the band to the world, here at home, the group started creating its music, and honing its talent for covering other artists, in Burlington well over a decade ago. It was a good city because there was a lot of opportunity — there was the Music Gym, a place we would all jam in and everytime I’d go there I’d meet somebody new who was interested in music.
They first caught major attention through a series of popular song covers. All that stuff.: I would say most people that can play guitar can play bass, ukulele, it’s just a matter of learning chords.
Putting their own unique and musically-layered spin on cult favorites such as Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know ” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”, they also know how to revamp older classics like “From Me To You” by the Beatles and “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger. I am not a master at any of them, you know [laughs]. For a long time I wanted to pick up an instrument, [learn] sounds that people will want to listen to.
But before takeoff, the plane returned to the gate.February 25, 2014We caught up with Ryan Marshall of Walk Off The Earth on the phone a few weeks ago to talk about the band’s new album, the experience of touring, and how insanely excited we are to see them at The Regency Ballroom this Friday night, February 28th.The Ontario-based quintet has been steadily gaining popularity since 2006, with four albums and a handful of delightful singles. I’m a really big singer-songwriter fan too, so I really like Bon Iver, Tallest Man on Earth, and Ben Howard.They used to break bands, build careers and create the idea of what that artist was going to be and work the hell out of it. All of us have been in different bands and playing for a long time. Now, it’s almost like the record labels are taking artists that already have some sort of fan base and an idea of what they’re going to be as far as style, and they just make it bigger. Walk Off has really only been together for about for five years, but we’ve all been touring for 10 to 15 years. "Blackwood said a United representative arranged for her and her son to get on a later flight, but she would "love compensation of some kind.""It turned out to be a 12½, 13-hour travel day that should have been a five-hour travel day, and it was totally unnecessary and ridiculous."To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses.Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments.Pregnant singer-songwriter Sarah Blackwood from Walk Off the Earth is baffled that she was kicked off a United Airlines flight heading from San Francisco to Vancouver because her toddler wouldn't stop crying.Now, the Burlington, Ont., singer for the Juno-nominated band is seeking compensation after the incident left her embarrassed.That's when a flight attendant told her: "You have to control your child.""Apparently my little two-year-old crying son was a big threat," Blackwood said on Twitter.Sky West Airlines operated the United flight, and said in a statement that the crew made the "difficult decision" based on security concerns."Despite numerous requests, the child was not seated, as required by federal regulation to ensure passenger safety, and was repeatedly in the aisle of the aircraft before departure and during taxi," the statement reads."While our crews work to make travelling safe and comfortable for all travellers, particularly families, the crew made the appropriate decision to return to the gate in the interest of safety."Blackwood said her son was not in the aisle, and that she was holding him with her arms and doing what she could to keep him from moving.