In A Week is our look back at Hozier highlights and happenings from the previous week.
The Walking Dead
Arsonist’s Lullabye was featured in the March 6 episode of The Walking Dead.
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) March 7, 2016
The exposure led to a considerable bump in the number of people talking about Arsonist’s Lullabye, wondering what it was called and downloading it. The song was released on the Bonus Track edition of the album, and on the From Eden EP.
As HITS Daily Double reported on March 10:
HOZIER’S ZOMBIE ATTACK
In no time, the track—found on the Columbia artist’s 2014 From Eden EP—quickly became one of the most Shazamed ever, with north of 175k total Shazams worldwide.
UPDATE: Billboard reported that Arsonist’s Lullabye received 195,000 queries, breaking Shazam’s record and putting the song on three Billboard charts.
There was a sneak peak last July when Arsonist’s Lullabye opened the The Walking Dead Season 6 trailer released at Comicon.
This 3 minute audio clip tells the story of how Jenny Benjamin discovered Hozier’s music which inspired her to start going to concerts at the age of 59.
— BBC Music (@bbcmusic) March 8, 2016
Author Diana Bunici interviewed Hozier at the Xmas Ball last December and her book, The Pursuit of Awesome, was launched last week as a “positive, motivational read for anyone with a dream.”
For his first week post-tour, Hozier kept pretty busy with three appearances on Friday and one on Saturday.
Cherry Wine at Áras an Uachtaráin
Hozier was invited by President Michael D. Higgins to sing Cherry Wine as part of the #HeForShe and #ManUp campaigns for gender equality and his own #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign.
— Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) March 12, 2016
The Irish Times Women’s Podcast has a very interesting interview with President Higgins from 41:09 and the full Hozier performance with great audio from 59:35.
The Great Escape Twitter Q&A
Hozier did a Twitter Q&A Session with The Great Escape Festival on Friday just before his appearance on The Late Late Show. Our full coverage:
The Late Late Show
Hozier performed Cherry Wine and was interviewed on The Late Late Show. With fortunate timing, Little Green Cars also performed their single Easier Day (see their section below.)
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) March 11, 2016
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) March 11, 2016
The full interview is available on the RTÉ Player until April 10.
It had been over a year since Hozier’s last appearance on The Late Late Show. View the performance of Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene, an interview and an intimate acoustic excerpt of Take Me To Church, until April 8 on RTÉ Player.
On Saturday, Trinity College Student Union and The Phil welcomed Hozier to the Activist Festival for a Q&A session and to present him with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage.
Hozier (@hozier) spoke in Trinity about this evening about social issues, being young and Irish, and dropping out of Trinity. He also expressed his support for Bernie Sanders, outlined the thought process behind his music and talked about why being a feminist is a fundamental thing. Speaking as part of the TCDSU Activist Festival with the Phil, he answered questions from the audience about addressing social issues through music. For more see universitytimes.ie/radius Photo by Sam McAllister for The University Times. #hozier #activism #trinitycollegedublin #tcd #feminism
Full coverage in the University Times.
— TCD Alumni (@tcdalumni) March 12, 2016
— Patrick Prendergast (@pjprendergast) March 12, 2016
While we’re on the topic of causes, we were pleased to see Hozier supporting the ONE campaign Poverty is Sexist. This petition launched on International Women’s Day and calls upon world leaders to support gender equality measures as girls and women living in extreme poverty are often hit hardest by the injustice of gender inequality. Add your name in support.
This interview from Istanbul, the last city on Hozier’s tour, was published in both Turkish and English last week.
Also released this past week, Xavier Darcy catches up with Hozier at the Paladium in Cologne / Köln before the show on February 21.
Happy International Women’s Day!
Readjusting to normal life:
I'm listening to @Hozier on CD with me eyes closed pretending we're still on tour ❤️
— RHODES (@rhodesmusic) March 10, 2016
It was amazing having you with us, hope you're enjoying a bit of a break man! Thanks for everything https://t.co/R7N98FuyWJ
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 11, 2016
Karen, Saoirse and Caoimhe shot a live version of Beast at the Door for Press Record TV.
Morgan & Gemma are off to their first US shows in Austin, Texas for the big industry discovery conference, SXSW Music. They also received a fantastic review (in French) last week of their recent show in Paris.
— Saint Sister (@Saint_Sister_) March 10, 2016
Little Green Cars
It was a big week for Little Green Cars as their long-awaited second album, Ephemera, was released on Friday.
Adam O’Regan wrote a poignant piece on the inspiration for some of the songs and growing older as a band.
They recorded superb stripped down versions of The Song they Play Every Night and Easier Day for RedBull.com.
Little Green Cars made a quick trip north to Belfast to record a session with BBC’s Across the Line. They performed You Versus Me, The Garden of Death and Easier Day. Listen from 12:30 on BBC iPlayer until April 4.
Appearing on the same episode as Hozier, Little Green Cars performed Easier Day on The Late Late Show last Friday night.
Look for Little Green Cars performing March 18 and 19 at Whelan’s in Dublin.
Jess Kavanagh sang with Hozier before he released his first EP, and then sang backing vocals for him on his first US dates. She’s got a list of singing credits as long as your arm, but now she’s got her own band called BARQ and she’s stepped up front and centre on vocals. Hear the full interview from 33:25, and the exclusive preview of their first single, Gentle Kind of Lies at 49:00.
Stoneface Films saw the release of the video they produced for Hermitage Green released this week.
— Stoneface Films (@StonefaceFilms) March 8, 2016
Jon Hozier-Byrne was featured in a recent Lovin Dublin video showcasing Irish talent.
Shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Conor Walsh. He was far too young and had far too bright a future to go like this. @conorwalshpiano
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 12, 2016
Conor was a brilliant minimalist piano and electro acoustic composer. He opened for Hozier on three occasions: At the Pav, Cork/December 21, 2013; Source Arts Centre, Thurles/December 29, 2013; Royal Theatre, Waterford/January 11, 2014.
This is a heartfelt tribute from the Irish Times.
Conor made beautiful, subtle music that we are sad to have only discovered on the occasion of his passing. Rest in peace Conor.
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