You've never truly lived until you see a visibly pregnant woman rock so hard that she holds the attention of an entire NYC rock club. We had the chance to catch Walk Off the Earth
at the Bowerly Ballroom last week. The band became famous on the back of wildly inventive covers of smash pop/rock hits, but they're genuine rock stars in their own right, and the total attention by which they held their audience at the Bowery last Sunday was a testament to the band's craft, charisma, and charm. And, also, a very pregnant Sarah Blackwood showed that you can be carrying a baby on stage and still rock away the night.
The evening began with a charming opener, Scott Helman
. His brand of "attractive dude with an acoustic guitar" wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but he was personable, and based on the veritable swooning that was going on around me -- seriously, I haven't seen girls lose it like this for a performer in ages -- I was in the minority. His songs had enough hooks to get the audience singing along with his numbers even though I assume most hadn't heard of him before that evening, and if you can get people singing to music they don't already know, it's safe to say you've done your job as a performer.
And then Walk Off The Earth took the stage. I've been to a lot of shows over the years now...too many shows honestly. But the sort of energy that I saw on stage during Walk Off the Earth's set is the kind of thing I only see a couple of times a year. The band has evolved past their early days of recording covers in their living room -- though they have plenty of covers in their repertoire still -- but they haven't lost an ounce of the hunger and excitement that brought them such immediate attention when they first burst on the scene.
They're touring in support of their newest record, Sing It All Away
, which will be coming out soon, and whether it was new cuts from the upcoming record -- like the undeniable pop smash that is "Rule the World" -- or older tracks like "Red Hands," Walk Off The Earth was playing to a packed house of rabid fans who returned every line of every track with shocking passion. Walk Off the Earth has been on my radar for years, but I had no idea how loyal/zealous their fanbase had grown over the years. Maybe they're about to "Rule the World" after all.
Check out the video for "Rule the World" below as well as the rest of our pictures of the evening.