Editors' Choice

This Ed Sheeran ‘Shape of You’ Cover Is Brilliant

Shelby Chau / February 25, 2017

Ed Sheeran recently performed his chart topping hit, ‘Shape of You’ at the 2017 Grammy Awards, and it was incredible. He performed the song as a one-man band, with no one else on stage with him. That’s right, just him. He managed to pull off the impressive performance using a loop pedal and recording the different layers of the song with his own vocals, instrumentation, and rhythm section. See for yourself in the video below.



The song is already sitting at the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 list and it’s a catchy tune that gets you swaying to the beat, but can it get any better? Well, when you have Walk Off The Earth, one of the best and most viral cover bands in the world do their own creative rendition of your song, then yes. Yes it can.


The Canadian alternative rock and indie band from Burlington, Ontario, best known for their extremely viral and brilliant covers of pop songs, is back at it again, putting their own twist on the Ed Sheeran track. The cover video is at the bottom of this article.



They group came to fame after their YouTube cover of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ blew up all over the internet. They’ve also produced viral videos covering Adele’s ‘Hello’ and The Chainsmokers’ hit ‘Closer‘. What really makes Walk Off The Earth so brilliant is their creativity and attention to detail. They also generally perform their music with non-typical instruments, and sometimes makeshift instruments.



In this cover of ‘Shape of You’, the band uses a wide range of makeshift instruments, and you can see things in the video including the use of cutlery, seashells, a thumb piano, and a container (it’s unclear what exactly is in the container). In addition, they use kazoos and their signature use of Boomwhackers.


What makes their covers fascinating is how they all work together and play parts unconventionally. Rather than have one person take care of all the Boomwhacker sounds, they each take one and have to strategically coordinate playing them to get the chord progression just right.



The song just hits the next level when they unexpectedly medley into throwback hits, ‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet, and ‘No Scrubs’ by TLC, as well as include the incredible jump kick, hitting two hanging cymbals at the same time. The adorable cameo of Gianni Luminati’s nephew completes the awesome video. The video on YouTube has well over a million views and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon.