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I’m trying to be more poptimistic this year. Those that know me, or regularly read my pieces here, or follow me on the consuming void that is Twitter know of my general disdain for popular music. So it’s with the spirit of diversity in mind that I found myself standing in a packed, sold-out crowd on Saturday night at the Electric Factory, getting churched by the one and only Hozier. Continue reading →
Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known as Hozier, serenaded a sold-out crowd at the Trocadero on Saturday night. Playing what he described as his first proper show in Philly, he performed an entrancing set of his passionate and poetic music off his recently released self-titled debut album. It’s not often that you come across a musician with such a hauntingly beautiful voice that makes an entire crowd go silent, but that is exactly what Hozier did at the Troc. As soon as he took the stage, the crowd went crazy cheering for him. Once he started singing, it seemed that the slightly rowdy crowd went silent and became completely immersed in his performance. Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter Hozier has announced his 2015 tour with a stop in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory on Saturday, March 7th. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th at 10 a.m. After being swept away by “Take Me to Church” last year, WXPN named Hozier an Artist To Watch in April, and he made his Philly debut at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention music conference in May. His upcoming show at the Trocadero is sold out. Continue reading →
Singer-songwriter Hozier took to the BBC Live Lounge, performing his hit song, “Take Me To Church,” along with a cover of the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?” With two EP’s to his name, Hozier is releasing his self-titled debut on October 7th, and is playing a sold out show at the Trocadero on Saturday, October 1st. Continue reading →
The latest single from Irish troubadour Hozier is both a somber introspection and a strident anthem. The singer, who just performed at XPN’s NonCOMM and announced a debut headlining show at The Trocadero this fall, evokes the brooding piano pulse of James Blake’s cover of “Limit to Your Love” on the quiet verse, but swells to something rousing, anthemic and positively pop-oriented on the very U2-esque refrain. The song premiered on the BBC last night; take a listen below, and catch Hozier at The Troc on November 1st. Tickets and info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
Just days after he played his Philadelphia debut at WXPN’s Non-COMM, singer-songwriter Hozier returns to Philly on Saturday, November 1st at The Trocadero. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 21st at 10AM.
On October 26th, 2013, Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” got its first play on WXPN and since then, he’s captivated the hearts (and ears) of XPN listeners. An Artist To Watch in April, and a featured Gotta Hear Song of The Week last November 2013, “Church’s” extremely powerful sound, anchored by Hozier’s confident vocals, the song’s gospel flair, a tuneful piano line, and reflective lyric struck an immediate chord with music fans. With two EP’s, Take Me To Church and From Eden, Hozier debut full length is scheduled for released later this year.
During the middle of the upstairs-downstairs madness that is the NonComm convention, attendees were treated to one of the greatest voices I’ve heard in an extremely long time. Irish native Andrew Hozier-Byrne amazed the audience with an unbelievable display of vocal and guitar talent, taking multiple solos and throwing his falsetto up to the top of its range on a solo version of To Be Alone from his Take Me To Church EP. He concluded the set with a rendition of his breakthrough single Take Me To Church as well as feel-good track From Eden, and as a result, every audience member left with a bit more soul inside them.
Earlier this month, we featured “Take Me To Church” by Hozier as one of our My Morning Downloads. We’re making it our Gotta Hear Song of the Week this week, as we’ve been getting a lot of great reaction to this powerful song. The buzz continues to grow for this Irish singer-songwriter. Born Andrew Hozier Byrne, he recently released his Take Me To Church EP as a free download. Hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier’s songs have roots in soul and blues and traditional Irish music. The title song, “Take Me To Church,” is extremely powerful, anchored by Hozier’s confident vocals, the song’s gospel flair, a tuneful piano line, and reflective lyric. Sounding a bit like Madman Across the Water era Elton John, Hozier’s emotional power is firmly felt in the moving “Take Me To Church.”
Hozier commented on State that the video for the song:
“…references the recent increase of organized attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at its most natural, and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organizations and those who would have us believe they act in its interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story.”
Warning – the video contains controversial imagery, yet is haunting in concept and visual storytelling. Download the entire EP below.