Ellen: Walk Off The Earth Covers Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’


‘5 Peeps, 1 Guitar’ On Ellen

Ellen had musical group and YouTube sensation Walk Off The Earth on to perform their cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.”

Walk Off The Earth ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Performance

Walk Off The Earth performed their cover of Gotye’s hit single “Somebody That I Used To Know” from his album Making Mirrors.


Ellen: Gotye Vs Walk Off The Earth

Walk Off The Earth performed their amazing cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" for Ellen. (Mat Hayward / Shutterstock.com)

Ellen found out about the band from a YouTube video they posted. If you’re unaware of what they do, you should definitely make sure to check out their video here: Walk Off The Earth Covers Gotye

The group is amazing. How they manage to do what they do is anyone’s guess. In case you’re unfamiliar, they take a single acoustic guitar, huddle around it, and play their parts at the same time on that one guitar. How many people in the band? Five. That’s right. Five people were playing one guitar at the same time. What’s more? They did it well. They did it very well.


Walk Off The Earth Vs Gotye

The drummer added percussion by tapping his fingers on the body of the guitar.

The bassist reached both hands over top of the neck and played his part on the lowest strings.

The two people who seemed to normally be guitarists played the song’s melodies on the guitars higher strings.

The last band member stood there staring stoically through most of the song and struck the strings behind the nut at various parts of the song so that the harmonics would ring out. It added a colorful tonal and percussive texture to the song.

The original version of the song is a bitter duet between Gotye and Kimbra. To cover all of the vocal nuances of the song, three members of the band shared singing duties.

Walk Off The Earth Performance Review

Two male vocalists did Gotye’s parts. One only sang Gotye’s verse and the other sang Gotye’s chorus. A female vocalist covered all of Kimbra’s parts.

Towards the end of the song, there are mournful background vocal parts that underly the lead vocalist’s melody. To accomplish these parts, three members of the band sang them while a fourth sang the main melody.

In summation, the performance was amazing. These people were clearly very talented, very creative, and it was great to see them on the show.


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